Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Suit Challenges Kentucky's Denial of "IM GOD" License Plate

The ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation yesterday announced the filing of a lawsuit in Kentucky federal district court challenging the state's refusal to approve an atheist's request for a personalized license plate carrying the letters "IM GOD".  The state said the proposed plate is "offensive to good taste and decency." The complaint (full text) in Hart v. Thomas, (ED KY, filed 11/22/2016), asserts both facial and as-applied challenges contending that the denial of the license-plate application amounts to content and viewpoint-based discrimination. The suit also challenges the Kentucky statute that allows denial of personalized plates that promote political or religious beliefs. WDRB reports on the case.