(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Indiana Youth Group has decided to fight back against the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles and conservatives in the Statehouse.
Officials for the gay rights group say they were singled out by Republican lawmakers to have their specialty license plate pulled.
Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials said the plates were discontinued because the group sold low-numbered plates as a thank you gift, a violation of the contract with the state against remarketing the plates.
A group of 20 state senators led by Senate President David Long (R-Fort Wayne) sent a letter to the BMV pointing out the violation.
IYG executive director Mary Byrne said Tuesday night the group’s board of directors is planning to look at every legal option to get the plates available again.
“It took a long time to get the plates and we are not planning on letting go of them easily,” Byrne told the Indianapolis Star.
The specialty plated cost $25, with some revenue going to the BMV and the rest to the IYG’s mission of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in the state.