|Updated: 6/12/2013 12:53 pm
||Published: 6/12/2013 10:48 am
Oklahoma’s license plate is being challenged in federal court after a driver filed a lawsuit arguing it could be interpreted as a state endorsement of religion.
The symbol behind the controversy is a Native American rain god shooting an arrow into the sky for rain.
Some drivers who say it just represents Oklahoma.
When we went out to talk to drivers about the license plate rain god, we got a mix of reactions.
Ezekial Watson said, “I already knew it was a Native American symbol.”
“I hadn't given it a thought,” Bubbles Daniels shared.
Lawrence Small said, “I didn't understand what it meant.”
Small says he's never paid much attention to the design, but after hearing what it stands for, he wasn't very happy.
FOX23’s Janai Norman explained the basis of the lawsuit saying, “he says that is a state supporting religious beliefs, [he] shouldn't have to drive around with it on [his] car.”
Smalls replied, “Makes sense to me.”
He says he thinks it does represent state endorsement of a religion, and one that's not his.
“I'd like to see them changed.”
The man who filed the lawsuit, Keith Cressman wanted to cover the design but was told he'd be breaking the law. State officials allegedly told him he'd have to pay extra to have personalized plates without the rain god.
Daniels says, “We have a lot of Native Americans in Oklahoma.”
She says it costs her about $20 more a year for personalized plates. Daniels says the rain god had nothing to do with her decision, but being of a different faith, she says she wouldn't mind those plates either.
“It just goes along with the culture of Oklahoma, with Native Americans. We have a lot of Native Americans. I don't have a problem with it because I support Native Americans.”
Watson agreed saying, “I don't have a problem riding around with that symbol on my car.”
A federal judge originally dismissed the lawsuit, but Tuesday an appeals court reinstated the case.