A state law that prohibits vanity license plates containing religious messages violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, the 2nd Circuit ruled Friday. The circuit said a Vermont statute that barred a driver from obtaining a vanity plate referring to the Biblical verse John 3:16, "impermissibly restricts expression from a religious viewpoint." The law was found fatally flawed because it distinguished between people who sought to express secular and religious views "on the same subject."
2nd Circuit Overturns Religious License Plate Restriction
New York Law Journal
October 11, 2010