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Kentucky won't fight tax break ruling for Noah's Ark project

Noah's Ark Encounter will open July 7, 2016, in Williamstown, Kentucky. (Ark Encounter.com) Noah's Ark Encounter will open July 7, 2016, in Williamstown, Kentucky. (Ark Encounter.com)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -

Kentucky officials say they won't fight a federal court ruling that supports a tax incentive for a religious theme park featuring a 510-foot long Noah's Ark.

A spokeswoman for Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says Tuesday that the state has no plans to appeal, adding that they were pleased with U.S. District Judge Greg Van Tatenhove's ruling.

A little over a year ago, state tourism officials under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told the Christian group building the ark that they would be blocked from seeking the tax incentive because of the park's religious themes.

The group, Answers in Genesis, hailed the ruling as a victory for religious freedom.

Opponents of the project say the judge erred in his ruling because the ark will use taxpayer money to promote Christian beliefs.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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