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Wherein Keith Kimmel Sues Oklahoma For Refusing to Issue ‘IM GAY’ License Plate


Regular Queerty reader Keith Kimmel often sends us links to great stories around the web. The last one he sent us, however, was about him. And how he’s suing his local government because it won’t let him have his “IM GAY” license plate.

We first heard about Kimmel’s spat with the Oklahoma Tax Commission back in November, but now he and his attorney have filed a formal lawsuit (details here) claiming First Amendment infringement. Something about the government creating no rule barring the freedom of expression?

“Under our state Constitution, all Oklahomans enjoy the right to freedom of speech and an equal opportunity to express their viewpoints,” Kimmel says in a release. “Previous testimony in the administrative proceedings held on this matter have shown that the Commission is selectively granting and denying applications based on Commission employees’ own personal prejudices and viewpoints. The Constitution requires that state rules are viewpoint neutral, with an objective standard that puts the taxpayer on notice of what is legal and what is not. This suit is intended to put an end to the Tax Commission’s unconstitutional practice of subjecting taxpayers to the whim of individual employees.”

We’ve already filed for the sequel to Kimmel’s license plate, “IM GAY 2.”

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