This Dec. 7, 2016, photo by Phelan Moonsong shows a portrait of himself in Portland, Maine. Moonsong, an ordained Pagan priest, finally, has gotten the OK to the sport goat with horns in his Maine driver’s license of the photo.
(Phelan Moonsong via AP)
An ordained Pagan priest, received permission last week from the sports goat with horns in his Maine driver’s license of the photo.
Phelan Moonsong said that if he is sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat with horns. The horns serve as spiritual antennas and help him educate others about Paganism. According to the New York Post, he said in August that the horns would have to be removed for his ID.
Moonsong questioned the state, explaining his religious beliefs, to the Office of Motor Vehicle employees and add to that the horns do not interfere in his face.
The Maine Secretary of State’s office said that the state was not known with the choice of headdress and had asked Moonsong for more information, to review the problem. A spokeswoman said that the state is the goat with horns as Moonsong cited their religious purposes, and also because they do not interfere in his face.
Maine motor vehicle staff can keep the license photos for a review if they have a complaint about religious headgear.
After an appeal to the Secretary of state’s office, he contacted the Bureau of motor Vehicles in the end of November, he was told his ID was rejected – that was news for him.
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Moonsong then filled out a request for legal assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union, which recently told him it was not his case.
“What I was requesting should have been accepted, according to what was written in the law and in the guidelines,” he said.
It should be no different than a nun wearing a habit or a Sikh wearing a Turban, Moonsong said.
But, he said, he was happy with his new driver’s license last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.