One plaintiff is a U.S. Army veteran from the Upper Peninsula who proudly served in the Iraq war. The other is an anti-war activist from Ann Arbor.

But despite their different political beliefs, both Michigan residents were united in a lawsuit they filed against the state of Michigan last year over a law that allows the restriction of license plates that are deemed “offensive to good taste and decency.”

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Grand Rapids agreed with the two men, saying that the state had no right to ban license plates they requested that read “INF1DL,” a variation of the word “infidel,” which refers to a non-believer, or one that read “WAR SUX.”

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