Woman settles lawsuit, now OK to use ‘8THEIST’ license plate

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey woman has settled a lawsuit that will allow her to display a vanity license plate that reads “8THEIST.”

The settlement was filed in federal court on Friday.

Shannon Morgan lives in Maurice River in Cumberland County. She sued the state Motor Vehicle Commission in 2014 after it denied her request to get a plate that spells “atheist” beginning with the number 8 instead of the letter A on the grounds it might be considered offensive.

The settlement agreement says the commission agreed the plate “is consistent” with the commission’s applicable regulations.

As part of the settlement, the Motor Vehicle Commission also won’t prohibit vanity plates with sayings such as ATHEISM, GODLESS, HEATHEN, HERETIC and SKEPTIC.

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