HODGENVILLE, Ky. — Two highway billboards in central Kentucky with religious messages were ordered down by a judge because they lack state permits.
Senior Judge Geoffrey P. Morris of LaRue Circuit Court gave the owner of the billboards 60 days to remove them. The state Transportation Cabinet filed a complaint in LaRue and Hart counties in 2008 over the billboards along Interstate 65.
The LaRue billboard declares "Hell is real" in bold letters on one side. The Hart County billboard asks, "If you died today where would you spend eternity?"
The Courier-Journal reported that the billboards' owner, Jimmy Harston of Scottsville, said he planned to appeal. He says the state is censoring religious speech.
Morris ruled on Feb. 12 that the state has a right to regulate billboard placement to preserve highway safety and scenic beauty.