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Ky. court upholds law for safety devices for Amish
Kentucky’s Supreme Court has upheld a state law requiring an Amish sect to post orange safety triangles on their buggies. However, the ruling is irrelevant because lawmakers changed the law earlier this year. Today's decision also let stand the convictions of several Graves County Amish men who challenged the law.
In March, the men asked the Supreme Court to grant them a religious exemption from using the orange triangles. The case originated with a conservative Amish sect in Graves who prohibit the use of the slow-moving vehicle sign. They say the color is gaudy and that they depend on God, and not manmade symbols, for their safety. The new state law allows them to use gray or reflective tape instead.