Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Amended Complaint OK'd In Establishment Clause Challenge To Funding of Children's Home

In the long running litigation in Pedreira v. Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93754 (WD KY, July 6, 2012), a Kentucky federal district court has overruled objections by Kentucky Baptist Home for Children (KBHC) and permitted plaintiffs to file a second amended complaint as state taxpayers challenging on Establishment Clause grounds the payment of state funds to KBHC for the care of children. The court held that the allegations in the amended complaint that the hiring practices and employment policy of KBHC are "evidence of" an Establishment Clause violation are permissible even though the district and appeals court previously held that the firing of plaintiff because she is a lesbian was not itself an Establishment Clause violation.