A California Assembly woman jumped to the defense of a man who was denied his “NO ISIS” license plates by a clerk at his DMV (video below).
The Bakersville, California, man had requested license plates reading “NO ISIS” from the California DMV. His plates were printed and approved, but a clerk at the DMV refused to hand them over, 23ABC reported.
That’s when California Assembly woman Shannon Grove stepped in to help the man retrieve his license plates.
“I couldn't believe that he was denied right here in Kern County, it's not like San Francisco or Los Angeles,” Grove told 23ABC. “So I said, ‘I’ll be right there.’”
Grove went to the DMV herself with the man and got the manager involved. She said she was even prepared to bring the issue to the DMV headquarters in Sacramento, California.
“I was upset that he was a constituent that called, I wanted to make sure he got his product he paid for by the state,” she said. “But I was even more upset that we had an individual at the DMV who took their personal preference to deny their right to have that plate.”
Following the visit, the man was reportedly given his “NO ISIS” license plates.
Grove said she planned on riding in the man’s vehicle during Bakersfield’s Veterans Day parade, but she opted for a more open vehicle to better see parade attendees instead.
This isn't the first time that a personalized license plate request has made headlines.
In May, an Oklahoma man filed a court petition after he was denied a pro-LGBT license plate, Huffington Post reported at the time. John P. Keefe, of Edmond, Oklahoma, reportedly wanted a personalized license plate that read, "LGBTALY," to show that he's an ally of the LGBT community.
The Oklahoma Tax Commission denied his license plate request, saying the plate carried a sexual connotation, which is against the agency's rules.
In June, however, Keefe ended his legal battle over the license plate, News OK reported at the time. Keefe said that it was unlikely he would win the case after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state-sponsored license plates represent government speech, not an individual's speech.