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An Oklahoma student is in the process of suing the state officials after they denied him the chance to have a number plate that read “IM GAY” as they deemed it to be offensive.
Keith Kimmel, who studies at Oklahoma City Community College, recently applied for a personalised number plate that he says describes people of who he is. The decision was denied by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the student has now taken the issue to court. He has stated that if the judge rules against him he will appeal, as he feels the decision will be a violation of his first amendment rights.
According News OK Oklahoma, Kimmel said about the thinking behind the wording used for his proposed numberplate "I want to tell people who I am and what I am. I’m proud of it. I’m openly gay. I’m not hiding…What better way to tell everybody than to put it on the back of a car?”
The Oklahoma Tax Commission said the decision to deny the application was because they felt it “may be offensive to the general population” The Attorney for the Commission said in a statement: "License plates — even personalized license plates — are not the private billboard for the person to whom they are issued. They are still a state license plate.”
However, student Kimmel disagrees with this statement as he has seen other number plates that spell “STR8FAN” and “STR8SXI”.
He said to the paper, "They defended using ‘straight sexy.’ … They didn’t think that one was inappropriate but yet ‘I’m gay’ is. I think it’s kind of a double standard,”
The Commission also previously passed through the number plate VIBR8R which they described as a situation that “slipped through our process”
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