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'Pagan minister' who fought to wear horns in photo receives Maine ID

By Ben Hooper

MILLINOCKET, Maine, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Maine man who won the right to have his ID photo taken while wearing his "religious" goat horns announced the card arrived in the mail -- horn photo intact.

Phelan Moonsong, 56, of Millinocket, posted a photo to Facebook showing his ID arrived after months of wrangling with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles about whether he could wear a pair of goat horns on his head in his ID photo.

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Moonsong, who describes himself as a "Pagan minister" and a "priest of Pan," said the BMV office in Bangor refused to allow him to wear the horns when he first tried to have his ID photo taken in August, saying he would have to get approval from the secretary of state.

"She told me that I had to send in some documentation or religious text to show why it was required for me to have my horns on," Moonsong told The Washington Post. "I said, 'Okay, I'll go ahead and do that,' but it seemed like an onerous requirement."

Moonsong was finally allowed to take his photo with the horns on his head earlier this month.

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"As a practicing Pagan minister and a priest of Pan, I've come to feel very attached to the horns, and they've become a part of me and part of my spirituality," Moonsong said. "The horns are part of my religious attire."

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