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Ky. man wins lawsuit to keep 'IM GOD' license plate

Posted at 2:58 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 15:10:58-05

(LEX 18) — A federal court ruled in favor of a Kentucky man who wanted a personalized license plate reading "IM GOD" but was denied the plate by the Transportation Cabinet.

Ben Hart filed a lawsuit after he was denied the personalized license plate. Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle officials, who have approved certain religious personalized plates, refused Hart’s request, initially calling his “IM GOD” license plate message “obscene or vulgar.” Later, the state said the plate was rejected because it was “not in good taste.”

While residing in Ohio, Hart saw a similar plate.

A judge ruled that Hart's First Amendment rights were violated.

The lawsuit was filed on Hart's behalf by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU of Kentucky.

You can read the lawsuit in its entirety here.