CBNNews.com - The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Indiana's license plates bearing the words "In God We Trust" are constitutional.
The appeals court upheld a lower court's decision against the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. The group claimed that vehicle owners who asked for "God plates" got special treatment because they did not have to pay the regular $15 fee for specialty plates.
The court ruled that the "In God We Trust" plate and another plate known as "Lincoln's Boyhood Home" are just alternatives to the standard license plate. The fact that motorists who choose them and don't get charged the extra $15 is not arbitrary.
"The display of our material motto, 'In God We Trust,' on state license plates has found deep support among our fellow citizens," said Attorney General Steve Carter in a statement released Monday.
"So often when there is a reference to a supreme being in the public arena, objections are made," he continued. "With the court's ruling, those objections have failed and the Legislature's will has been sustained."
The plates were first made available to Indiana residents in January 2007.