Sheila Kennedy reports that the Indiana General Assembly is about to pull some shenanigans and put the specialty plate that benefits the Indiana Youth Group back on the chopping block.
During this session, the forces on the extreme Christian right (among them, Eric Miller of Advance America and Micah Clark of the American Family Associattion of Indiana) have tried just about every way they can to kill the plate which will raise funds to provide services for LGBT youth including putting pressure on Republican lawmakers in both houses of the General Assembly. Key Republicans were ready to pull the plug on most specialty plates...including all the ones passed in 2012. That included the brand new IYG plate.
It appeared that the plate was safe after the sponsor of the bill killed it for this session citing that the debate had gotten too political. Well, there are forces that are trying to pull that back into play.
IYG's services help young people become comfortable in their own skins, come to terms with who they are, and even prevent suicide. The forces against the IYG believe the organization exists to recruit young people to the gay lifestyle. It's so ridiculous it barely registers mentioning, but it's part of the story because our legislators are buying in.
Kennedy's blog post details how this is to go down. I hope you'll read it, and then I hope you'll react. Pick up the phone and call your state representatives and state senators at 1-800-382-9841. Our LGBT youth could use your help. The office opens at 8:15 a.m.