Judge hears arguments on license plate case

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A man who wants the state to give him a vanity license plate with a religious message is continuing his two-year legal battle.

Yesterday a judge heard arguments from lawyers for Shawn Byrne and the state.

The West Rutland man wants a license plate that reads “J-N-3-6-T-N,” which is shorthand for “John-three-sixteen” from the Bible.

The state says regulations forbid religious messages on license plates.

Byrne claims other Vermonters have been allowed license plates with religious messages.

U.S. Magistrate Jerome Niedermeier is reviewing whether the Department of Motor Vehicles is fairly implementing its vanity plate policy.

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