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State gives up fight over 'WAR SUX' license plate

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a restrictive policy on personalized license plates.

The Secretary of State says David DeVarti of Ann Arbor can get a plate that says "WAR SUX." The agency also will stop enforcing a law that allows it to reject plates that could be "offensive to good taste and decency."

It could develop a new policy.

A Grand Rapids federal judge approved the settlement Wednesday. In May, Judge Gordon Quist said the restriction was too broad and unconstitutional.

The state had defended its rejection of an anti-war license plate, saying children riding in cars needed to be protected from seeing "WAR SUX."

The state will pay $21,500 to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which filed the lawsuit.

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