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Indiana GOP lawmakers revive effort to kill gay youth group license plates

Thursday, March 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana GOP Lawmakers are rushing to revive a bill that targeted specialty auto license plates before the scheduled end of the legislative session on Friday.

The original bill, according to its sponsor, State Sen. Ed Soliday (R) was to “stop the proliferation of specialty plates,” and to force a public accounting of how the various groups who benefit from the plates spend monies raised from the plate sales.

But after a public outcry — accusing Soliday and other GOP lawmakers of catering to the demands of conservatives angered by one plate that benefited an LGBT youth group — Soliday withdrew the bill last month, and said, “the thing just became political.”

GOP lawmakers now intend to insert the language of Soliday’s bill as an amendment to another bill which deals with motor vehicle issues, reported the Indianapolis Star.

Critics charge that the effort is aimed at killing a recently approved specialty license plate that features the logo of the Indiana Youth Group, an Indianapolis-based group that supports children in the LGBT community. The group’s volunteers travel throughout the state providing support for often-troubled adolescents.

The Legislature’s Democrats are angered by what they call an improper end-run about legislative rules and traditions, aimed at pacifying the state’s conservative voters and Republican constituents enraged LGBT group’s plates.

Mary Byrne, executive director of the Indiana Youth Group, said she was not surprised the issue has new life.

“I really felt like it was dead, but knowing the extent these people will go to to take this license plate away from us, I guess I’m not surprised,” Byrne said.

The specialty plates at issue feature the logo of the Indiana Youth Group, an Indianapolis-based group that supports children in the LGBT community. The group’s volunteers travel throughout the state providing support for often-troubled adolescents.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Will the GOP just get a freakin’ life already?

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:21pm
  2. Cuz they have nothing else to do.

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:22pm
  3. Indeed. Living here sucks.

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:30pm
  4. Damn Antichrists. SMH

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:33pm
  5. Umm…. WHY???

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:34pm
  6. can’t help but think all this GOP hatred comes from misguided repression,sexual and otherwise…kinda sad,really

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:40pm
  7. The way my phone is set up, the headline just read “indiana gop lawmakers revive effort to kill gay youth”… so after that frightening moment I didn’t find the actual article so bad at all….

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:44pm
  8. How pathetic does Indiana have to get? Lets not forget that the youth are our future, why shouldn’t troubled LGBTQ youth get that help? If Indiana’s GOP wants to be so full of hate, ignorance, and bigotry, I say let them They aren’t going to hold me down for being who I am. My suggestion for anyone wanting to get this plate, send the organization themselves $40, then they get the full $40 and not just $25……..or give more :-D

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:12pm
  9. don’t they have something better to do then this. omg. they are ignorant hateful people

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:45pm
  10. Indiana…Once the great northern bastion of the KKK….

    Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:56pm
  11. For crap sakes get an effrontery life! You have bigger problems than gay youth group license plates! Like one of the highest unemployment numbers in the nation. Yeah….Indiana is where I wanna be……rriigghhttt!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 12:26am
  12. give the money directly to the organization and keep money out of this hate filled bigoted state. Stop whining about a plate that only gives 25.00 of a 40.00 fee to own that plate to the organization in question. You want to show pride? Go to a GLBTQ friendly/owned store and get a rainbow sticker. You get to help GLBTQ buisness and the organization with the added benefit of not putting money in to a state that doesnt support any of us. Stand together and fight!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 2:23am
  13. you rock Anastasia

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 4:07am
  14. That is wrong!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 5:02am
  15. because that’s so important.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:15am
  16. obviousl they have nothing better to do like represent All the people in their states. Jerks!!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7:31am
  17. They want to hide us; hope we’re invisible to society via our cars.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:53am
  18. Why the hell am I not surprised? I’m surprised gays can still get married in Iowa. I’m STILL surprised gays were allowed to marry in Iowa BEFORE they were allowed to marry in New York!

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 9:55am
  19. Why cant ppl just chill out and keep there heads up their asses where they belong.

    Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:07pm