Friday, June 08, 2001
Tristate A.M. Report
ACLU won't appeal state motto ruling
COLUMBUS The state motto, With God, All Things Are Possible, will remain engraved in bronze along with the state seal on the granite plaza at the main entrance of the Statehouse for generations to come.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a March ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that the motto is constitutional.
The decision by the ACLU, which had until next week to decide whether to appeal, ends a 4-year court battle.
We fought this fight and it's been a hard fight. For now, this will be the last word, said Raymond Vasvari, a spokesman for the ACLU. He couldn't speculate on whether the ACLU would challenge the motto in the future.
Ohio is the only state that directly quotes a Bible verse in its motto, but it is not the only state to have a motto mentioning God.
Arizona uses God Enriches. South Dakota's motto is Under God the People Will Rule. Florida's motto, In God We Trust, mirrors the nation's.
Two injured in Vine Street shooting
Cincinnati police were called to the 1300 block of Vine Street Thursday night for another in a series of recent shootings.
Investigators are looking for an unknown black male with braids who was wearing dark clothing. Police said he shot a weapon several times about 8:30 p.m., hitting a 19-year-old woman in the leg and a 24-year-old man in the arm.
The names of the victims were not released. Both were taken to University Hospital, where a spokeswoman said their conditions were not life-threatening.