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Man sues over 'In God We Trust' plates

INDIANAPOLIS, April 24 (UPI) -- An Indiana man and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing over a free state license plate that says "In God We Trust."

Mark Studler told the Indianapolis Star he isn't opposed to the plates but he thinks they should cost $15 like other specialty plates. Studler paid $40 for his "environment" license plates, $15 of which goes to the state as an administrative fee and $25 toward land conservation.

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"Everybody should either have to pay the fee or they should all be free," he told the Star.

Of the dozens of specialty plates available in Indiana, the "In God We Trust" plates are the only generally available ones that are free, Ken Falk, legal director for the ACLU of Indiana, told the Star.

Curt Smith, president of the Indiana Family Institute, supports the free plates. "In God We Trust" is the national motto, he said.

"We mention God in the Declaration of Independence and in many of our founding documents and so I think it's very appropriate and legitimate to encourage the dissemination of this phrase," Smith told the newspaper.

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