An article from The Advocate, Indiana Lawmakers Working Hard to Trash Gay License Plate caught my attention earlier this week because Republicans in Indiana are working around the clock to try and ban license plates that support LGBT issues and funding that supports LGBT groups through the plates. Other plates are also in the cross hairs as Republicans "determine" that "enough is enough" with specialty plates - which provide the state and groups with additional (and probably much needed) funding.
What gets me angry is that once again Republicans are wasting both time and money to attack or put to rest something that is trivial. Are specialty plates hurting anyone? If there is a market for them, the state should pursue it. And again, it's the democrats who have the clearest head:
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, said that shifting the issue back to the legislature will insert politics into the specialty license plate process. "I am afraid in today's environment that we will use this as a device to attack certain groups," he said. "Look at the collateral damage. This bill will have a negative impact on people who support Marines, people who support military funerals, the zoo, perhaps the Special Olympics."
"I'm not willing to pay that price," DeLaney said. "I don't want to spend the next few years voting on license plates and having every hate group driving me crazy."