In a statement provided to the Courier Journal, Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said the court's ruling affirmed Hart's argument that the denial of his request was "pure discrimination."
“We are delighted that the court realized the bias the state of Kentucky was displaying toward nonbelievers,” Gaylor told the newspaper.
Both the foundation and Kentucky's American Civil Liberties Union backed Hart's legal battle, The AP reported. The organizations issued a joint statement with Hart following the ruling.
"I'm thankful to finally have the same opportunity to select a personal message for my license plate just as any other driver," Hart said in the statement. "There is nothing inappropriate about my view that religious beliefs are subject to individual interpretation."