Woman Sues Over Rejection of Religious Vanity Plate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A woman is suing the Indiana Bureau of Motor
Vehicles for refusing to issue a personalized license plate with the words "BE GODS."

Elizabeth Ferris says her plate is intended to be read with an implied apostrophe, meaning "belong to God." She says she had "BE GODS" on her license plate for eight or nine years but missed the renewal deadline in October 2007, and the BMV later rejected it as "inappropriate due to form or content." The bureau prohibits
vanity plates referring to religion or deity.

Ferris's federal lawsuit was filed on Monday -- the same day the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the state's "In God We Trust" license plate.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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