New Jersey Woman Allowed to Use ‘8THEIST’ as License Plate
After her request for a vanity license plate reading '8THEIST' was denied two years ago, a New Jersey woman will now be able to use it.
NBC10 Philadelphia says a lawsuit was filed against the Motor Vehicle Commission after Shannon Morgan's request to use the phrase was denied in 2014.
Reportedly, she put the phrase '8THEIST' into the system and was denied because it would be "considered offensive." After she tested the phrase 'BAPTIST' and it was accepted, Shannon sent out letters and called the company to complain. Apparently, the company never responded.
A religious liberty advocacy group based out of Washington D.C., Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed on Shannon's behalf upon hearing about the incident.
Federal court finally settle the dispute on Friday. As a result, other vanity plates like or similar to the following are allowed:
SECULAR, RATIONL, HUMANST, ATHEISM, GODLESS, HEATHEN, HERETIC, SKEPTIC, BLASFMR, REASON, EVOLVE, TRANS, LGBTR.TS, LGBTQ, PRIDE, QUEER, GAYPOWR, LGBTALY, FEMINISM, FEMINST, EQUALITY and 4WOMEN.
The Cumberland County native also received $75,000 to resolve her claim.
Pretty interesting case regarding the First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. What are your thoughts?
Read the full story on NBC10 Philadelphia.