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Man sues after Ga. rejects GAYGUY license plate

ATLANTA — An Atlanta man is suing the Georgia Department of Driver Services, contending that his rights were violated when the state rejected his application for vanity plates making reference to his sexual orientation.

James Cyrus Gilbert maintains in the lawsuit that state officials rejected his application for the tags 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR and GAYGUY.

All three vanity plates are on the list of vanity plates banned by the state, although the state has approved plates expressing some political or religious expressions.

Gilbert said he wasn't asking for a plate that was vulgar or "over the top."

Representatives of the state Attorney General's office, Georgia Department of Driver Services and the Department of Revenue, the agency that administers vanity plates, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 2 months ago

Other suits will follow and any monies collected for vanity plates will be burned up in legal fees.

License plates should be like the ones in Europe. Large, legible alpha numeric digits that are typically black on white and readily identify the registration. Perhaps a difference in light background colors to identify the state of issue but nothing else. No motto, distracting picture, tourism enticement, or personalization. Their purpose is to identify the vehicle only and that should be done as well as possible in the space available.

Oh, and they should be on both the front and the back of the vehicle.

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TOWG 1 year, 2 months ago

I can see you've given this a lot of thought.

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dman 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr. Gilbert, I am 2HI2CU. Your complaining will get the whole Vanity Plate discontinued for the whole state. Way 2 go. LEEVnMOVon. GOAWAY.

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news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Google his name and look for images of him. He has a criminal record in Dekalb County - Felony Child Molestation. Let him have his vanity tag branded with his criminal history as well as his lifestyle pride.

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dman 1 year, 2 months ago

Maybe all sex offenders car tags should be GOTCAWT or NORITES or CASTR8TD. I could go ON&ON.

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RiggaTony 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sorry, but some forms of free speech DO need to be curtailed - when sickos like this want to shove their moral-less lifestyle in everyone's face. How am I supposed to explain that license plate to my children if they see it? And so what if other political or religious plates have been allowed - as long as they represent what the founding fathers stood for (Christianity, Conservative), I don't see a problem with it.

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sorry, but moral-less is not the word you're looking for. Should be "immoral." And even then, you are passing judgment on him for a lifestyle that does not conform to your religion's definition of morality. Look, I'm of a similar belief, coming from a strong Christian background. At the same time, just like the discussions we had over Sunday alcohol sales, you cannot use the rule of law to enforce one religion's idea of morality over another. If your child asks about it, then do your best to explain it. Chances are, your child's immaturity will get the better of him/her and they'll just laugh at it. After all, I can promise you they're hearing worse things in school.

And if you start curtailing free speech, then where does it end? Who makes the decision on what is and is not allowed? We all understand that you cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater, because of the possibility of injury to others. But who is being physically harmed, or is having their life, liberty, or property injuriously affected by this guy's gay vanity plate?

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