Chase Culpepper, a sixteen-year old resident of South Carolina, applied for a drivers license at his local DMV office. However, young Chase decided to spice things up and wear make-up for his license photo. Culpepper chooses not to subscribe to societal norms relative to clothing and make-up. So, naturally, Chase wears gender-neutral make-up (Perhaps his love of Capt. Jack Sparrow precipitated this choice).
Chase was denied a license because DMV policy states a driver’s license applicant cannot wear a “disguise” in a driver’s license photo. Chase has now sued the DMV, alleging the policy violates
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Because the DMV allows women to wear make-up in photos but not men, it is likely that the policy violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
Of greater concern is the mental gymnastic required in determining how much make-up constitutes a disguise.