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The Indiana Youth Group

The Indiana Youth Group (IYG), which works with LGBTQ teens, has fought for almost two years for the right to sell its specialty license plate in the State of Indiana. In May 2013, an Administrative Law Judge ruled that the State violated the group's specialty plate contract when the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) suspended sales of the plate in 2012 without giving the nonprofit the required notice and a chance to correct any alleged issues.

Despite the ruling, the BMV issued an Order of Remand in June 2013, effectively reversing the Administrative Law Judge's ruling.

Organizations and people have the right to due process and cannot be denied the right of notice and appeal.

On June 19, 2013, the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the BMV's authority to issue the Order. The ACLU claimed the Order needed to be voided in favor of a "neutral and impartial" decision maker to oversee the ongoing dispute. On June 26, the Administrative Law Judge ordered the plate be reinstated, finding the BMV's actions "improper." As a result, the IYG can move forward with sales of its specialty plate in support of its important work guiding teens.

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Click here to download a copy of the notice of dismissal