Saturday, December 20, 2008

Kentucky Supreme Court Takes Blaine Amendment Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court has taken Pennybacker v. Beshear, a case involving a Blaine Amendment challenge to a state grant to a Christian university. The Kentucky legislature appropriated $11 million for a new pharmacy school at the University of the Cumberlands, a liberal arts institution affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Strict separationist taxpayers sued, claiming that the proposed expenditure violated the state constitution. The trial court agreed, and the University and stated appealed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. They simultaneously asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to take up the case immediately, without waiting for the Kentucky Court of Appeals to rule. This past Thursday, the state high court agreed. The CLS Center represents the University in this case.