Some Indiana General Assembly members apparently feel like there are too many plates. A bill making its way though the General Assembly would do away with any plate that sells less than 1,000 plates. That would exempt plates that represent educational institutions.
In 2012, a plate was approved for the Indiana Youth Group, an organization that provides services for Indiana's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community. There's no question in my mind that the IYG has saved lives by helping young people who are struggling with their sexuality to understand that there's a life out there no matter if you are a little different.
Of course, once the plate was approved, right-wing groups like Advance America objected saying that IYG was little more than an organization that recruited young people to become gay. It's a laughable idea, and it's completely off base and untrue.
Guess what? The plates approved in 2012 would be wiped out by the bill before they even get a chance to sell 1,000 plates. That would include...wait for it...the IYG plate.
To be fair, other plates would also be discontinued. It would cut a large stream of fundraising for the non-profit groups out of their budgets.
Maybe I'm just a conspiracy theorist on this one, but I think this was a pretty clear strike right at the IYG plate. The Indianapolis Star pushed the issue a bit, but I would like to see the IYG get a chance to promote and market its plate to consumers. If it doesn't make the grade, pull it then. Don't pull the plug over politics.