After the Hoosier state erupted in outrage to plans by Republican legislators to circumvent the rules to ban a pro-LGBT license plate, they've decided to try a different tactic. Instigated by religious right string-pullers, the legislators had attempted to add language to take away the plate in a conference committee instead of passing anything through both houses.
Now, Republican State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long says he's found a new "solution."
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."
Mary Byrne, executive director of the Indiana Youth Group, said the group gave out 11 low-numbered plates as thank-you gifts: Five to new donors, four to existing donors and two to staff members.
[BMV Communications Director Graig] Lubsen said no decision has been made about the Indiana Youth Group contract. He said someone from the Senate had contacted the BMV about the contract issue this morning.
Lubsen said the contract bars groups from auctioning or selling the plates. But he added that traditionally, the BMV has allowed group to give out low-numbered plates as thank-you gifts to donors.
As straight Hoosier blogger Doug Masson says, "I love the smell of an equal protection lawsuit in the morning. Smells like victory."