Some irked over license plates that spell 'GAY'

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 00:31:23-05

Dozens of applications for personalized vanity license plates that are vulgar, racist, hateful or refer to official agencies like the CIA or FBI are rejected by the State of Florida every year.

But some Orange County residents are upset about an approved combination of letters that were recently given to drivers. The license plates in question spell out "GAY."

WFTV, our ABC affiliate in Orlando, spoke to Craig Lukas, who says he has left his new Volvo in his garage for weeks because of what it says on his license plate.

“Plenty of combinations out there the state could have used,” Lukas said. “Oversight on state as far as I'm concerned.”

Lukas believes the plate is slightly offensive, and he said state officials should be more sensitive.

“These plates have been vetted by the state, and we see no issue with them,” said the the Tax Collectors Office in a written statement.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said if a customer is unhappy, they can exchange the plates. 
Lukas said he plans to exchange his plate.