Bil Browning

Indiana BMV Spokesman Fired Over Gay License Plate

Filed By Bil Browning | March 20, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: BMV, bureau of motor vehicles, gay license plate, Graig Lubson, Indiana, indiana youth group, LGBT youth group, license plate, specialty license plate

Just when you think Indiana's battle over a specialty license plate for LGBT youth couldn't get any more tawdry, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles steps up to the plate. The government agency has fired spokesman Graig Lubsen for Thumbnail image for Indiana_Youth_Group.jpegadmitting that they normally overlook organizations that give out low number specialty license plates to donors.

While the legislature tried to take away Indiana Youth Group's specialty plate during the last days of the session - including using a loophole to avoid votes in either the Senate or House - Senate Republicans eventually backed down in favor of another method. The group of 20 senators sent a letter to the BMV [pdf] demanding they revoke the plate; they cited a clause in the state's contract with IYG that forbids the organization from giving out plates in exchange for donations.

After Lubsen admitted to the press that this was a common practice overlooked by the BMV, the agency fired him the next day. The plate was suspended the week after Lubsen's statement. The Indiana 4-H clubs and an environmental group also lost their plates for the same reason. The BMV has not said whether they will look at other groups who've done the same thing in the past and decide whether or not they should keep their plates.


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