Not content to just let it rest this short session — reserved, I’ve heard it said, for “emergency” issues — anti-gay legislators had signaled that they’d let the Indiana Youth Group license plate matter rest. Despite that, there were rumblings that they’d try to jam it into an end of session conference committee despite the fact the provision hadn’t passed either house on the first go round.
Presumably spurred on by their masters at the American Family Association of Indiana and Advance America of Indiana, it looks as if these legislators are apparently urging the State of Indiana to subject the group’s contract to special scrutiny based on the content of their speech and their sexual orientation.
Mary Beth Schneider reports:
While legislative leaders did not officially declare the effort to pass a bill dead, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long said another “solution” had been found: Voiding the Indiana Youth Group plate.
Long said he believed the Indiana Youth Group had violated its state contract and that it should be cancelled.
“There’s a contract clause apparently which I just saw today which apparently says you cannot remarket those for value and they’re doing that clearly on their internet site,” Long said. “And if they are it says you ‘shall’ terminate the contract.”
Apparently they gave out a couple of low numbered plates to some donors; something the BMV has traditionally allowed other groups to do.
I love the smell of an equal protection lawsuit in the morning. Smells like victory.