A Louisville-based group whose application to sponsor an "In God We Trust" specialty license plate was denied has filed a lawsuit against the state Transportation Cabinet and two legislators.

The group, Reclaim Our Culture Kentuckiana, had said in its 2008 application that it would use proceeds from sales of the plate to raise awareness about harm caused by pornography and the sex industry.

But the Transportation Cabinet denied the group's application partially on the grounds that the group promotes a "specific faith or religious position."

The cabinet's attorney Allan Weiss of Louisville asked the court to dismiss the complaint because ROCK promotes religion, making the organization ineligible to sponsor a specialty license plate under state law.