Austen Crowder

Indiana Moves Forward on Banning Gay License Plate

Filed By Austen Crowder | February 23, 2012 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: anti-gay bullying, flyover country, indiana youth group, legislation, license plates

Marriage, marriage, everywhere! But meanwhile, back in flyover country...

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Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, wrote the legislation and convinced the committee - which he chairs - to amend it into Senate Bill 327. That's a bill written by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, that deals with various BMV issues. The legislation passed 8-2 and now will move to the full House.

Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Lizton, has been lobbying state lawmakers to ban Indiana Youth Group and other gay support groups from offering specially plans, The Associated Press reported. He did not speak to that issue today.

Groups would be disqualified, under the legislation, if they advocate for violation of federal or state law, violation of generally accepted ethical standards or societal behavioral standards or fund individual political candidates. Lawmakers will decide if groups violate those rules.

Welcome to the flyover states, boys and girls; while the rest of the nation celebrates victory we deal with folks who will scorch earth if it means keeping those uppity queers from getting any table scraps!

In the interest of full disclosure, I volunteer 9-12 hours a month for Indiana Youth Group. The good they do for LGBT youth is just beyond words. For one, the place offers youth access to LGBT role models and mentors, who offer up meaningful advice on college prep, careers, and just getting along in life. They also support the efforts of youth who wish to start GSAs in local schools - emphasis on support.

The leadership skills I've seen from these kids just blows my mind - here are kids who, when given a little self-confidence and a support network, stare down intolerance in their own neighborhoods and carve out a little sanctuary within their own schools, within their own circles of friends. I don't care who you are or how you feel about gay people - this sort of resolve in adolescent kids is impressive.

That somebody would feel so strongly disgusted by LGBT youth helping one another feel a little less alone they would destroy the ability for nonprofits to raise funds on license plates... well, it fills my heart with a deep sadness.

No. It's worse than that. I don't say this lightly but these kinds of people just piss me the fuck off. This isn't protecting morality; this is stealing table scraps from kids who desperately need an accepting place to fit in.

Be sure to let Rep. Jeff Thompson know how you feel too. He's heard plenty from Advance America so it'd be nice to get some "fair and balanced" coverage in his mailbox.

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