Governor says vanity license plates with religious terms will be approved following Live 5 News investigation

Gov. Henry McMaster says that applications for vanity license plates that contain religious terms will be approved. (Source: Live 5 News)
Gov. Henry McMaster says that applications for vanity license plates that contain religious terms will be approved. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Henry McMaster has released a statement saying that applications for vanity license plates that contain religious terms will be approved despite what SCDMV officials say.

McMaster gave the statement responding to a letter written by Sen. Chip Campsen concerning a Live 5 News investigative piece.

In the investigation, we learned that a plate officer, and her team at the DMV make the final call, on what can, and can't go on vanity plate and they base a lot of it on political correctness.

McMaster said those words are constitutionally protected expressions of free speech.

"Applications for vanity license plates that contain religious words or terms such as, but not limited to "God," "Jesus," "Christ," "Jehovah," or "Church" shall be approved," McMaster said in a reply to Campsen's letter on Wednesday."These are constitutionally protected expressions of free speech. Applications for vanity license plates that contain words or terms generally known and recognized to be profane, vulgar, racist, sexist, sacrilegious, offensive, or inappropriate shall be denied."

You can find McMaster's full letter below:

Below is Sen. Chip Campsen's letter:

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