Vermont Man's Vanity Plate Case on Appeal

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man's four-year battle for a
religiously-themed vanity license plate is now being considered by an appellate court in New York.

Shawn Byrne is suing the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles for rejecting his application for a license plate that reads "JN36TN," short for John 3:16, a Bible passage.

The state bans religious viewpoints on vanity plates, but Byrne -- who filed suit in 2005 -- contends he's being discriminated against.

On Monday, lawyers from the Alliance Defense Fund argued his case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. It's unclear when the appeals court will rule in the case.

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


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