Smile! Pagan priest wins the right to wear goat horns in ID photo

Smile! Pagan priest wins the right to wear goat horns in ID photo
PHOTO: Facebook account of Phelan Moonsong

After an extended waiting period, a Pagan priest finally snagged the go-ahead to wear goat horns in his new Maine license photo.

As Phelan MoonSong tells the Washington Post, the ordained priest rarely removes his horns, as they serve as spiritual antennae and are part of his Pagan attire.

on Facebook

Look what came in today... THIS was FAST...... Horn's of Pan on my State ID :) NOW the Transition is Complete.

Posted by Phelan MoonSong onĀ Monday, 12 December 2016

Still, when MoonSong visited the Department of Motor Vehicles in August, he says an employee told him he'd need to appeal his photo with the Maine Secretary of State's office. This, despite the fact that his horns do not obstruct his face.

According to the Associated Press, though MoonSong learned his photo was initially rejected in November, his request has since been accepted.

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MoonSong told the Bangor Daily News that during his initial visit to the DMV, he told an employee that he is an ordained Pagan minister. However, a Maine Secretary of State's office spokesperson told the local newspaper that MoonSong did not initially cite the horns' religious significance.

"He did not cite religious reasons," she told the paper. "There are exceptions for religious headdress."

After about five months since his initial request, MoonSong finally received his new identification card in early December.

Read the full article here.

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