If you're in Georgia, and you want to show that you support the LGBT community by paying extra for vanity license plates, you're out of luck.
If you want to show how much you love beer (because that's awesome to mix with driving), it just depends on how you say it. Their approval system is both arbitrary and capricious!
Honestly, Georgia, this f***ing sucks… and it needs to change!
So what plates were denied? Georgia driver James Gilbert's 1st, 2nd, AND 3rd choices: 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR, or GAYGUY.
The subject of vanity plates is up to the discretion of system that deems what you submit as "obscene according to current community standards." You can't be obscene or defamatory against a person, group, religion, race or ethnicity. So apparently being a homosexual, or just the use of the word 'gay' in Georgia is considered obscene? BOO.
Here's what James had to say about it all:
“It’s not like I was asking for something that was vulgar or over the top. Denying someone the right to put gay on their tag, that’s political. If I want I could get a tag that said straight man, but because it had gay on it, it’s not available.”
That's some double standard bullshiz right there! We're glad he's filed a lawsuit to get the system, established in 1968, changed!
Now if we could only get other government views of the LGBT community changed, too…
Oh, and if you're wondering, plates like IH8GAYS and GAYSUX are banned — probably because they're attacks — because we can't imagine they're banned just because of the word "gay." Right? RIGHT??
Good luck, James! Equality for all!
[Image via GEORGIA DEPT. OF REVENUE/FOX.]