The new rules, which won’t become final until after July 9, also ban profanity, any references to sex, items subject to trademark or copyright; references to crimes and all variations of the word “hate.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that the rules were developed in response to a lawsuit by a motorist. James Cyrus Gilbert had requested a tag spelling out GAYGUY, which was denied under the old rules. He argued the state was denying his right to free speech and was violating federal and state constitutions.
Gilbert will soon be able to pick up a plate reading “GAYPWR,” and has won an undisclosed amount of money in the settlement which will be earmarked for legal fees.
“It’s the right result,” his attorney Cynthia Counts told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The state did the right thing.”
The new “emergency” rules are supposed to clarify things. However, state officials Wednesday would not address specific examples of words that would pass or fail under the new rules.
However under the new rule, license plates that reference weapons — which were allowed before — will be banned. The new rule calls for state officials to keep a list of banned plates and update it at least once a year.