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Portland man wins religious exemption to wear fox hat in license photo

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Jay Bishop took his battle to court after the DMV told him he could not wear his fox hat for his license picture. Jay Bishop took his battle to court after the DMV told him he could not wear his fox hat for his license picture.
Jay Bishop's license photo. Jay Bishop's license photo.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It may look like an ordinary hat, but one Portland man took his battle to court after the DMV told him he could not wear it for his license picture. 

Jay Bishop says he has been wearing his fox hat for 20 years. For him, it is a symbol of his Seven Drums religion.

When he went to the DMV, workers said he could not wear it for his license photo. Bishop said workers told him he needed proof of his religion. So, he took his case to the Oregon Court of Appeals and won. 

"You know, it's not just about my silly hat," said Bishop. "It's not about me being a local celebrity or anything. It's about me telling you you have rights and you should stand up for them and it's OK."

The DMV has a policy prohibiting anything that interferes with facial recognition unless it is part of a medical or religious requirement.

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