Atheist Wins $150K In Legal Fees Over “IM GOD” Plate

The Christian Post reports:

A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Kentucky violated the First Amendment by denying an atheist a license plate saying “IM GOD,” and has ordered the state to pay more than $150,000 in legal fees to the attorneys who represented the lawsuit.

Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union-Kentucky attorneys represented Kenton County resident Ben Hart, a Postal Service retiree, and an atheist, and they will be paid for the work they performed for the lawsuit.

Last November, a federal judge allowed Hart to obtain the personalized license plate, ruling that the Transportation Cabinet’s denial of that plate violated the First Amendment. “To allow such plates as ‘IM4GOD’ AND ‘LUVGOD’ but reject ‘IMGOD’ belies viewpoint neutrality,” U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove said.