The woman who won an appeal to wear a pasta strainer on her head

The woman who won an appeal to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo.

Woman Fights and Wins Appeal to Wear Pasta Strainer on Her Head in Driver's License Photo

Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Massachusett

Lindsay Miller a self-described Pastafarian, has won her fight to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo. Arguing that her chosen headgear was part of her right to freely express and practice her religion, Miller was granted permission by the state of Massachusetts motor vehicles division on appeal, after their initial refusal.

The Massachusetts RMV’s website writes that drivers may not wear hats or head coverings in their drivers’ license photos unless the clothing items are “for medical or religious reasons.”

In 2015, Lindsay Miller was denied a renewed license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, she said, for wearing the metal cookware.

“They were kind of laughing at me,” Miller said. “I thought of other religions and women and thought that this was not fair. I thought, ‘Just because you haven’t heard of this belief system, [the RMV] should not be denying me a license.’ ”

Miller says she wore the strainer to show her devotion to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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