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Judge: Kentucky Can't Legislate Dependence on God

A judge says it's unconstitutional to require the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can't keep the state safe without God's help.

Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Wednesday that the requirement in a state law violates the U.S. and Kentucky constitutions.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports that Wingate said the General Assembly created an official government position in the law that requires the office to acknowledge "the dependence on Almighty God." The AP was unable to get a copy of the ruling Wednesday.

Ten Kentucky residents and American Atheists Inc. challenged the statute in a the lawsuit last winter.

A spokeswoman for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he has not yet decided whether to appeal.

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