A Georgia chapter of the white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan has submitted an application to “adopt” a stretch of a northern Georgia road.
The controversial application has thrust the state into a legal conundrum. If the request is approved, the KKK, which is widely considered a hate group, would most likely receive public recognition for its donation. Denying the application, however, could be seen as a First Amendment violation.
Harley Hanson, the Exalted Cyclops of the Union County Klan, said his group wants to keep the road clean, and it will take legal action if their application is rejected, Reuters reported.
In a 1997 case of the same nature in the state of Missouri, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the KKK, stating that denying the group because of its membership rules would equate to censorship.