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Indiana suspends vanity plates over free speech suit

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana will stop offering vanity plates until the outcome of a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the agency’s restrictions on tags’ wording.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner R. Scott Waddell announced the move Friday.

A Greenfield police officer sued the BMV in May, saying its decision to revoke his vanity license plate “0INK” violated his free speech rights. The agency revoked his plate after three years, saying its content was “offensive or misleading.”

Similar lawsuits have been filed in several states over plates endorsing religion, marijuana, and gay rights.

Last month, Georgia announced new rules banning references to guns, drugs, sex and variations of the word “hate” on personalized plates as a result of a settlement with a motorist who was denied a tag spelling out GAYGUY.



Posted 7/22/2013