A judge is ordering the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate the Indiana Youth Group’s specialty license plate.
The BMV administrative law judge ruled this week the LGBTQ advocate group did not sell or auction their license plate—something that’s not allowed under state law and the reason the BMV originally suspended the plates in March of last year.
IYG Executive Director Mary Byrne says she was surprised at the ruling.
“It’s been really very apparent from the beginning through last year’s legislative session that they were targeting us, that they did not want us, an organization that serves LGBT youth, to have that plate,” she says.
The judge is appointed by the BMV commissioner, so she says she thought the ruling would be politically motivated.
The BMV has 18 days after the ruling to appeal. A BMV spokesman declined to be recorded but says the BMV is looking into all its options.
If the case is not appealed, the Indiana Youth Group license plates must be reinstated within 30 days of the ruling.
Greenways and 4H specialty license plates have also been suspended for allegedly selling their plates. The ruling does not apply to those cases, and hearings for those cases are still being scheduled.