A 67-year-old man in Lithuania has come up with a homophobic excuse for not wanting to change his car number plate, one of the country’s newspapers has reported.

Vehicle registration plates in Lithuania contain three capital letters, which are selected alphabetically in accordance with the sequence of registration.

However, current attempts to introduce vehicle registration plates containing the letter combination ‘GEJ’ – which closely resembles the Lithuanian equivalent for the word ‘gay’ has angered some drivers.

“These registration plates should be reserved exclusively for gays,” said an unnamed retiree, who added: “I have always been of correct sexual orientation.”

If a driver is not happy with the originally assigned vehicle registration, they can choose a preferred combination of letters and numbers for a fee of around £12.

A similar situation arose several years ago, when drivers in one of Lithuania’s biggest cities massively refused to register their vehicles under the name ‘FAG’.

Politicians in the country have previously passed homophobic censorship laws and attempts were made to ban a gay pride event in 2010.