ACLU to Represent KKK in Ga. Litter Program Fight

The American Civil Liberties Union will help the KKK take legal action against Georgia for rejecting the group's Adopt-A-Highway application.

Posted: 06/27/2012 01:21 PM EDT
The Ku Klux Klan is fighting its Adopt-A-Highway rejection in Georgia.

ATLANTA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union will help the Ku Klux Klan in its bid to join Georgia's highway cleanup program as a legal fight looms.

ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Debbie Seagraves tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the civil rights group will assist the Klan in its battle with the state.

The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied to join the "Adopt-A-Highway" program along part of Route 515 in the north Georgia mountains. Participating groups are recognized with a sign along the road they adopt.

State officials announced this month they would deny the KKK group's application, setting up the legal showdown.

Seagraves says the ACLU is still working on its strategy for representing the group in what it considers a First Amendment case.

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