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Oct 26, 2012 12:51
Category: Religious News

Amish Buggies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a state law that required a conservative Amish group to post orange safety symbols on horse-drawn buggies, even though the General Assembly has since changed the law to accommodate religious objections.

The high court's decision on Thursday also upheld the convictions of several Amish men who said their religion prohibited them from displaying the bright orange triangles. Many of the men spent several days in county jails for refusing to pay fines.

In a 5-2 ruling, the court held that the men's convictions did not violate their religious freedom.

The Amish men called the orange triangle color gaudy and said their safety depends on God, not manmade symbols. Most had already been using the reflective tape that's allowed under the new law.