Judge: Ky. lawmakers can't fund Baptist college's pharmacy school

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that lawmakers violated the state constitution by appropriating state funding to a Baptist university.

A gay rights group filed suit to try to block an $11 million appropriation to create a pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands, a Southern Baptist-affilated school in Williamsburg.

Kentucky Fairness Alliance executive director Christina Gilgor calls the ruling a victory against state-subsidized discrimination. A call to the university for comment wasn't returned.

The Center for Law & Religious Freedom had argued on behalf of the school that the legislature acted lawfully because it sought to address the state's shortage of pharmacists.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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