Man Sues After ‘GAYGUY’ License Plate Denied

-By Warner Todd Huston

An Atlanta man is suing the state of Georgia saying that his civil rights were violated after being denied several vanity license plates that would have made reference to his sexual preference.

Last year James Cyrus Gilbert applied for several different license plates announcing his support for homosexuality. In his lawsuit, Gilbert says he tried to get 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR, and GAYGUY but was denied each time.

Like many states, Georgia has a list of vulgarities, subjects and words that are banned from vanity plates and authorities say reference to sexual predilections is one of the banned items in the Peach State.

Gilbert says he doesn’t believe his requests were vulgar or “over the top.”

Neither the Georgia Department of Driver Services nor the Georgia State’s Attorney’s Office have agreed to comment on the lawsuit.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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