Indiana BMV Renews Fight Over Gay Youth Group Plates
Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles is continuing its battle over specialty auto license plates for a group that counsels gay and lesbian youth.
The BMV has asked an administrative law judge to review her order allowing the Indiana Youth Group to continue selling specialty license plates.
The agency suspended sale of the group’s plates last year at the request of Republican state senators. Lawmakers charged the group was violating a contract provision barring the auctioning of low-number plates.
An administrative judge ruled in May that the BMV erred in immediately suspending the plate program last year without giving the group 30 days’ notice.
BMV Commissioner Scott Waddell directed the administrative judge to assess the difference between "selling" and "auctioning" low-number license plates.