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Charges Dropped Against Kentucky Gay Rights Activists

Associated Press

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against three gay rights activists arrested this summer for standing silently in matching orange T-shirts in protest of an event at the Kentucky State Fair.

Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign, was arrested in August while demonstrating at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual Country Ham Breakfast, which draws many of the state's political heavyweights. The Fairness Campaign has protested the event for years in opposition to the insurance company's political arm, which opposes same-sex marriage and lobbies for other conservative causes.

Two dozen protesters stood silently at the back of the room and refused to sit down.

The Kentucky State Police arrested Hartman and two others.

The Jefferson County Attorney's Office asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges. The activists said they intend to file a lawsuit.

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