An American Sues the State for a License Plate and Wins $150,000

An American has sued the state of Kentucky for refusing to issue him a license plate with the inscription “IM GOD” and has won more than $150,000.

In 2016, former postal worker Bennie Hart and his wife moved from Ohio to Independence, Kentucky. As required by the law, Hart applied to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to obtain a license plate from that state. Prior to that, he had been traveling in Ohio for 20 years with the vanity plate «IM GOD», planning to abandon it in Kentucky as well.

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In the beginning, the KYTC had approved Hart's license plate, but then they changed their decision, considering it obscene and that it can distract other drivers, offending feelings of religious people. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky filed a lawsuit on behalf of Hart in November, 2016. The trial has lasted 4 years and ended in a victory for the 80-year-old motorist.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has ordered the KYTC to issue Hart’s license plate «IM GOD» and to pay his legal costs of $151,207. Despite the fact that the entire amount was spent on lawyers, Hart has finally achieved his goal.

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