A Christian woman in Alabama is suing county officials who demanded that she take off her headscarf for her driver’s license photo. According to CBS News, the American Civil Liberties Union is representing Yvonne Allen who covers her hair in accordance with her Christian faith.
Allen filed suit against Lee County Clerk Becky Frayer and her supervisor Probate Judge Bill English who told her that only Muslim women could wear headscarves in license photos. Allen argues that her religious freedom rights were violated.
She said in a written statement, “In accordance with my Christian faith, I cover my hair with a headscarf, but the DMV refused to take my driver license photo unless I removed it. The DMV officials said only Muslims were allowed to keep their headscarves on for photos. I didn’t know what to do. Without question, I believe that Muslim women should not have to violate their faith just to take a driver license photo, but neither should Christian women.”
Publication date: August 31, 2016