Does your freedom of speech extend to your license plate?
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:11:01 GMT — Georgia has unveiled new rules banning references to guns, drugs and alcohol on personalized license plates.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 reports that the rules were developed after a lawsuit by a motorist. James Cyrus Gilbert had requested a tag spelling out GAYGUY, which was denied under the old rules.The new "emergency" rules are supposed to clarify things. However, state officials on Wednesday would not address specific examples of words that would pass or fail under the new rules.
The rules also ban slurs on religious beliefs or beings, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Fox 31 spoke to several residents of Southwest Georgia who had differing opinions on the matter. One resident said she feels it's a good idea if it will keep other people safe; she believes having these kinds of things on your license plate could mean you're an aggressive person.
Other residents, however, felt it was a violation of the human right to freedom of speech and that people should be able to put what they want on their license plate.