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.

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