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Woman Sues to Wear Veil in License Photo

May 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A Muslim woman is going to court against the state this week in a fight to wear a veil that covers most of her face for her driver's license photo.

Sultaana Freeman sued the state of Florida after it revoked her license because she refused to replace the photo with one showing her face uncovered. Freeman, 35, argues the state violated her right to freedom of religion. The state contends that allowing a photo of a hidden face puts public safety at risk.

Her attorney, Howard Marks, said Freeman believes that taking a photograph of her face uncovered would violate the Koran, the Muslim holy book.

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