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ACLU sues Georgia on behalf of KKK

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Georgia on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan after the state rejected the KKK's plan to adopt a north Georgia highway.

The KKK wanted to maintain a stretch of Highway 515 in Union County. The 23-year-old Adopt a Highway program allows civic minded organizations to periodically pick up litter in exchange for a roadside sign recognizing their volunteerism.

"The fundamental right to free speech is not limited to only those we agree with or groups that are inoffensive. The government cannot pick or choose who is protected by the Constitution," said Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the ACLU Foundation of Georgia in a press release. . "There will always be speech and groups conveying hateful messages that are distasteful to some. That is why the First Amendment protects free speech for all."

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said the impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern.

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