Gay youth group pursues Ind. license plate

March 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, March 22 (UPI) -- The Indiana Youth Group, a gay youth support group, says it is fighting the state government after the group's specialty license plates were pulled.

After several years of trying, the Indiana Youth Group, or IYG, was able to get a contract with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to issue specialty plates. During this year's legislative session on March 8, Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana, along with other conservative activists, lobbied to stop the plates from becoming available.

"State agencies should not be helping to promote the homosexual agenda to children," Clark said in an e-mail to supporters.

In the last hours of the legislative session, lawmakers agreed to void the IYG contract, alleging the group violated the state's laws regarding specialty plates.

The IYG agreed Tuesday to "explore legal options" in response to the decision, with the group's leader saying, "We're going after that plate."

The Indianapolis Star reported Gov. Mitch Daniels has kept his thoughts on the matter to a minimum. When asked last week if the state should change its policies regarding specialty plates, he replied, "I don't know, and I don't care."

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