ATLANTA, Georgia (WXIA) -- The first lawsuit has been filed against the Georgia Department of Driver Services challenging their decision to reject certain vanity plates. The suit was filed by an Atlanta man who wanted to express his sexual orientation on his license plate.
Cyrus Gilbert is gay and he wants everyone who looks at his license plate to know that. But the state won't let him. Now he's suing them to hopefully get them to change their mind.
Gilbert is like many other Georgia drivers whose applications for prestige plates have been rejected. "Mr. Gilbert should be entitled to express himself, his political message, his social message or just who he is and that right's being denied," said his attorney Cynthia Counts.
Gilbert made three different requests on his application with the Georgia Department of Driver Services: "4GAYLIB", "GAYPWR" and "GAYGUY". All three were denied because they were already on a list of more than 10,000 banned tags, the state's "bad tag list". "There are some limits that are proper but none of this makes any sense," Counts said. "It's completely contrary to any first amendment principals."