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02/16/2010

One in tin: OK gay seeks 'IM GAY' okay

by Jeremy Hooper

license-ok-gayA 28-year-old Oklahoma resident is suing the state on 1st Amendment grounds. Why, you ask? Well, because his request to have "IM GAY" printed on his license plate was nipped in the tailpipe:

"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,” said Keith Kimmel, 28, of Norman. "What better way to tell everybody than to put it on the back of a car?”
*Read more: Gay Oklahoma student sues agency over denied tag request [Oklahoman]

You know, lest some poor, impressionable Mini Cooper be indoctrinated. After all, we gotta protect the little ones from that militant vanity plate agenda. [::eye roll, head shake::]

Proving that he has the mettle to fight for his metal, the denied Sooner, Keith Kimmel, has vowed to appeal any ruling that keeps him away from his firmly un-closeted bumper. We wish him nothing but luck. Or if not luck, then the money to buy the gayest car that ever gayed, so that he won't need a plate to drive either himself or his point home.

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**SAD UPDATE, 3/31: Keith Kimmel, Who Sued for 'I'm Gay' License Plate, Found Dead [Towle]

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Your thoughts

Oklahoma? Does this guy have a death wish?

Posted by: K in VA | Feb 16, 2010 3:43:13 PM

The height of irony is that they probably would approve any vanity plates that read:

NOT GAY
IMNOTGAY
NEVRGAY
EXGAY
POSTGAY
U R GAY
NO GAY
BAN GAY

But never:

MABEGAY
DEF GAY
SO GAY (?? depending on the inference)
TOTALGAY
BUFF GAY
BEFY GAY
BEEFYGAY

Posted by: Dick Mills | Feb 16, 2010 3:46:43 PM

I fully support him, but in the (likely) event he loses, I say he should bumper sticker his car to death with gay-friendly stickies.

Posted by: Aya | Feb 16, 2010 4:33:22 PM

I had 'REPEAL 8' on my California license b4 getting rid of my car - made me very self-conscious and exposed, especially when in traffic and someone in a neighboring car would acknowledge it. Every time someone did, it got me thinking to myself that if I were next to someone unfriendly, I might be in for some real trouble.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 16, 2010 4:35:04 PM

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