Vermont ends court fight, allows religious vanity plate

There are 12 comments on the Expressline Edition story from Jan 15, 2011, titled Vermont ends court fight, allows religious vanity plate. In it, Expressline Edition reports that:

The state of Vermont has ended a years-long legal dispute with a man who has been fighting for the right to display a reference to one of the Bible's most famous passages on a vanity plate.

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Alma

Colchester, VT

#1 Jan 15, 2011
I am so happy for Shawn Byrne, that he was able to win his First Amendment right.
please

Grantham, NH

#2 Jan 16, 2011
Vermont licence plates are state property and are issued not sold. This case will be overturned and this man will have to pay back all of the taxpayer money he wasted.

Since: Jan 09

Bennington, VT

#3 Jan 17, 2011
please wrote:
Vermont licence plates are state property and are issued not sold. This case will be overturned and this man will have to pay back all of the taxpayer money he wasted.
Read the first line Vermont has ended the suit an agreeed to pay. So unless you are willing to reopen the suit it's over with the money gone from the state budget.
Yo Yo

Poultney, VT

#4 Jan 20, 2011
The first Amendment does not say that a private citizen can force a government agency to display religious speech on the government agencies property. License plates are the property of a government agency. This court decision is a violation of the law and the judge needs to read the law more carefully.

Since: Dec 10

Ron Paul 2012

#5 Jan 20, 2011
Yo Yo wrote:
The first Amendment does not say that a private citizen can force a government agency to display religious speech on the government agencies property. License plates are the property of a government agency. This court decision is a violation of the law and the judge needs to read the law more carefully.
You need to go turn in all your money then, because if a religious theme on gov't property truly offends you then "In God We Trust" must really grind your gears.

Why do you really care what someone else has on their license plate? Why are people so worried about what the other guy is doing so much in Vermont, how about you worry about what you are doing for once. Why is it you feel the need to impose your sense of right onto someone else, why is it your sense of what is right should be taken/given from someone else because you don't like it. Maybe if more people in the State of Vermont would actually take care of their personal selves for once instead of waiting for handouts from Gramma Gov't you would be a lot better off. If this plate was avocating legalization of gay marriage or pot I bet you would be in high approval of it, but, because it has to deal with religion you feel you have to impose your selfish view point on.

Since: Dec 10

Ron Paul 2012

#6 Jan 20, 2011
The Constitution/Declaration of Ind. all have Christian type moral rights written in them why don't we just ban them too, oh wait, they basically have been by big gov't idiot states like Vermont.

Since: Jan 09

Brookfield, VT

#7 Jan 20, 2011
Aaron Kent wrote:
The Constitution/Declaration of Ind. all have Christian type moral rights written in them why don't we just ban them too, oh wait, they basically have been by big gov't idiot states like Vermont.
Should look at Gay marriage. Vermont was one of first to have it but if want Pologamy which is praticed in a lot of world go to jail. I guess only moral rights should be what liberals want for Political correctness
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#8 Jan 21, 2011
Aaron Kent wrote:
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You need to go turn in all your money then, because if a religious theme on gov't property truly offends you then "In God We Trust" must really grind your gears.
Why do you really care what someone else has on their license plate? Why are people so worried about what the other guy is doing so much in Vermont, how about you worry about what you are doing for once. Why is it you feel the need to impose your sense of right onto someone else, why is it your sense of what is right should be taken/given from someone else because you don't like it. Maybe if more people in the State of Vermont would actually take care of their personal selves for once instead of waiting for handouts from Gramma Gov't you would be a lot better off. If this plate was avocating legalization of gay marriage or pot I bet you would be in high approval of it, but, because it has to deal with religion you feel you have to impose your selfish view point on.
Ditto!
Lucia

Hardwick, VT

#9 Jan 21, 2011
I'm glad for Shawn Byrne, and I hope more people start demanding these kinds of license plates. The First Amendment is powerful!
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#10 Jan 28, 2011
j w mcsherry wrote:
<quoted text>Should look at Gay marriage. Vermont was one of first to have it but if want Pologamy which is praticed in a lot of world go to jail. I guess only moral rights should be what liberals want for Political correctness
Technically not "marriage",() to be "Politically Correct" BUT:
Civil union. On December 20, 1999 the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Vermont that same-sex couples are “entitled under Chapter I, Article 7, of the Vermont Constitution to obtain the same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples”. The Court did not rule on whether Vermont was required to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but suggested that the legislature could enact a parallel licensing scheme affording the same substantial benefits as marriage to same-sex couples.[4] After very contentious debate, the legislature followed the Court’s suggestion and passed H.B. 847, which was signed on April 26, 2000 by Governor Howard Dean.[5][6] The law went into effect on July 1, 2000. Vermont thus became the third U.S. state (after Hawaii and California) to offer legal status to same-sex couples, and the first to offer a civil union status encompassing the same legal rights and responsibilities of marriage.
Savage Nation

West Springfield, MA

#11 Jan 29, 2011
please wrote:
Vermont licence plates are state property and are issued not sold. This case will be overturned and this man will have to pay back all of the taxpayer money he wasted.
And meanwhile leftist a-s-sholes like you will support pervert marriage right? It must be nice to be such a deep thinking bunghole. Tea Party is growing and it is because of maggots like you who suffer from the life long mental disorder of liberalism.There is a cure for this mental disorder. Try a self administered overdose of Smith & Wesson.
please

Grantham, NH

#12 Jan 29, 2011
What a bizarre, hateful and strangely bi-curious response to a simple statement of facts savage nation.
Perhaps it is you who should take a break from surfing gay porn and telling people who disagree with your extremist views to shoot themselves and go get yourself some psychological treatment.

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