The Indiana Youth Group will appeal a decision by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to suspend its specialty PRIDE license plate, the group’s board decided Tuesday.
Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles kicked the Indiana Youth Group out of its specialty license plate program after the non-profit was accused by 20 state senators of selling low-digit plates to its donors.
IYG Executive Director Mary Byrne says her organization was targeted because it provides services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens. She says they weren’t selling low-digit plates, they were gifting them.
“It’s a fine line between what we’re doing and what they are saying that we’re doing,” Byrne says. “We don’t feel we are selling these low number license plates. We feel like we are using these license plates as thank you gifts to donors.”
Byrne says she thinks many other organizations have done the same thing.
But BMV spokesperson Dennis Rosebrough says IYG and two other groups also suspended from the specialty plate program violated their contracts. He says if they want to appeal the BMV’s decision, they’ll need to go through the court system.
“Because this is a contract, the appeal process is really through the court system,” he says.
Rosebrough says the BMV will allow people who chose the PRIDE plates to renew them, but the Indiana Youth Group won’t receive the funds from those purchases until those renewal happen a year from now.