The RMV agreed to let a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wear a colander on her head to get her driver's license - after she had her lawyer at the American Humanist Association explain the First Amendment to them.
Pastafarians, of course, believe "the existence of a Flying Spaghetti Monster to be just as probable as the existence of the Christian God" and part of that credo is paying homage through collanders worn on the head.
Lindsay Miller hopes her victory will bring out other Pastafarians to apply for licenses with strainers on their heads.
[Attorney Patty] DeJuneas said,The First Amendment applies to every person and every religion, so I was dismayed to hear that Lindsay had been ridiculed for simply seeking the same freedoms and protections afforded to people who belong to more traditional or theistic religions. We appreciate that the RMV recognized the error, apologized, and issued a license respecting her First Amendment rights, and hope that RMV staff will be trained to respect diversity."
"If people are given the right to wear religious garments in government ID photos, then this must extend to people who follow the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," said David Niose, legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.