by Peter Grady –
A pro-family activist has said Indiana ignored the health issues involved in the homosexual lifestyle when it decided to issue an LGBT license plate.
Funds raised from motorists purchasing the plate will go to the Indiana Youth Group, which operates a youth center and works with Gay Straight alliances in schools throughout the state.
The group says it provides LGBT competency training for schools and social service agencies and exists not just for self-identified LGBT youth but “questioning youth” as well.
When the group first applied for the plate, it was rejected by the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles, who expressed concern about IYG’s statewide service. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has opposed other states for issuing pro-life plates, filed a lawsuit over Indiana’s refusal to issue the LGBT plate.
Indiana is not the first state to offer an LGBT plate, in 2009 Maryland issued a plate for “Equality Maryland” which advocates for the LGBT community as a whole. Homosexual activists are applauding Indiana’s plate as being the first that recognizes LGBT youth causes.
Micah Clark, Executive Director for the American Family Association, said the DMV’s decision to approve the plate was troubling when one considers the tremendous health risks associated with the homosexual lifestyle.
The Center for Disease Control says that practicing homosexual men accounted for 61% of new HIV infections, despite being only 2% of the U.S. population. Homosexual men aged 13-29 accounted for 27% of the new cases.
“You have to question what the DMV was thinking when they approved a license plate for a group which recruits teens into the homosexual lifestyle. Since health risks do not seem to matter, what is to prevent a cigar club from now getting a license plate from the DMV?”
Clark said, “State agencies should be neutral in the politically charged culture war especially the promotion of homosexuality among minors. It is very disappointing that Indiana is the first state in the nation to have a license plate celebrating youth involved in homosexual behaviors.”