ATLANTA, GA – Yeah, you’ve seen ‘em. Maybe you even have ‘em. Vanity plates, your chance to pay a lot of Yankee dollars to tell the world who you are, or if you’re comin’ or goin’.
Sometimes you got to wonder how some of these plates got approved, because not all lifestyles are created equal.
Just ask Cyrus Gilbert, who learned that Georgia is hard on gays by not letting them have 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR or GAYGUY as license plates.
“It’s kind of angered me and kind of upset me because who are you to tell me I can’t have gay on my tag?’ he asked.
Gilbert thinks he should have the right to let the world know he’s not a straight guy. After all, STR8GUY is not one of the banned tags.
And that’s why he’s suing the State of Georgia in federal court, claiming the state is violating his First Amendment right to freedom of expression and his Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection.