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Live Free? Die? Decades-Old Fight Over N.H. Motto to Get Supreme Court Shout-Out

The New Hampshire motto “Live Free or Die” displayed on the state license plate. Photo via

George and Maxine Maynard have what you might call a complicated relationship with New Hampshire’s state motto.

And when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a controversial free speech case next month, the Maynards’ decades-old legal battle over the state’s ubiquitous “Live Free or Die” will be back in the spotlight.

Opening arguments are set to begin next month between a Colorado baker and the same-sex couple he refused to make a wedding cake for, citing religious beliefs. And the baker’s attorneys are resting much of their argument on the Maynards’ 1977 Supreme Court victory.

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