RELIGION

Man wins OK to wear goat horns in driver's license photo

This Dec. 7, 2016, photo provided by Phelan Moonsong shows a portrait of himself in Portland, Maine. Moonsong, an ordained Pagan priest, finally has gotten the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver's license photo. Maine resident Moonsong said that unless he's sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual antennae and help him educate others about Paganism. (Phelan Moonsong via AP)

This Dec. 7, 2016, photo provided by Phelan Moonsong shows a portrait of himself in Portland, Maine. Moonsong, an ordained Pagan priest, finally has gotten the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver's license photo. Maine resident Moonsong said that unless he's sleeping or bathing, he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual antennae and help him educate others about Paganism. (Phelan Moonsong via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Pagan priest finally has the OK to sport goat horns in his Maine driver's license photo.

Phelan Moonsong said he always wears his goat horns, which serve as his spiritual antennae.

But Moonsong is questioning why he had to fight for his driver's license photo even after explaining his religious beliefs to motor vehicle staff in August. Plus, he adds, the horns didn't obstruct his face.

The Maine Secretary of State's office said the state wasn't familiar with his choice of headdress and had asked Moonsong for more information. A spokeswoman said Maine allowed the goat horns because Moonsong cited their religious purposes and because they didn't obstruct his face.

Maine motor vehicle staff staff can hold license photos for review if they have a concern about religious headdress.