As this issue of Church & State went to press, a federal court signed off on a legal settlement that ends a lawsuit brought by Americans United on behalf of a New Jersey resident who was denied the right to receive a personalized license plate reading “8THEIST.”
AU filed the suit in April of 2014 on behalf of Shannon Morgan, a Leesburg, N.J., resident. Morgan applied for the specialty plate in November of 2013, only to have the application denied because it was deemed “objectionable.”
The settlement means Morgan will get the plate. Look for more details in the October issue of Church & State.