The Ku Klux Klan has the right to join a program to clean up state highways, the state attorney general’s office says.
The office said Tuesday it would be unconstitutional for the state to deny the Klan’s application to join the “Adopt-A-Highway” program.
Under the program, groups are responsible for keeping a designated 1-mile section of state highway free of litter.
Klan members have received their orange vests and garbage bags - standard attire for the program.
Pieter Wykoff, assistant to the Transportation Department director, said the department asked for the attorney general’s advice because “we knew granting a permit to the KKK would be controversial.”