A Canadian man is appealing a court ruling that barred him from using a license plate featuring his last name.

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According to Lorne Grabher, from Nova Scotia, he has used 'Grabher' on his license plate for the last three decades, and until 2016, he'd never had any issues with it.

The situation changed when an anonymous person complained about the plate to the Department of Motor Vehicles, saying it promoted hated against women.

In January, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court 's Justice Darlene Jamieson said: ''The decision is not about whether Mr. Grabher's surname is offensive - it is not.

''The primary function of a license plate is not expression but is identification and regulation of vehicle ownership. A license plate by its very nature is a private government space.''