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Michigan defends rejection of 'WAR SUX' plate

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By ED WHITE, Associated Press

The state of Michigan is pointing to curious children as it defends a decision to reject a personalized license plate that would say "WAR SUX."

Attorneys for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit. The state, among other reasons, says the plate would be offensive to children who amuse themselves by reading plates on passing vehicles.

A Washtenaw County man, David DeVarti, is suing the state in Grand Rapids federal court over its refusal to grant the six-letter anti-war plate. The American Civil Liberties Union accuses state officials of violating the First Amendment by broadly controlling speech.

In a recent court filing, the state says personalized license plates are intended to raise money, not create a forum for speech.

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