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Court: KY must pay attorneys in 'Im God' license plate suit

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Posted at 5:54 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 04:42:32-05

(LEX 18) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet must pay attorneys fees for a man who was denied a personalized license plate reading "Im God."

That's according to a decision from a U.S. District Court judge.

The ACLU of Kentucky and the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of Ben Hart, who applied for the license plate in 2016.

He had moved to Kenton County from Ohio, where he'd had the same message on a custom plate from more than a dozen years.

When Hart applied to get it in Kentucky he was denied under a regulation that limits messages that are deemed "obscene, vulgar, or in bad taste."

In November, Hart was allowed to get the plate and courts have ruled the Transportation Cabinet violated the First Amendment.