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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:27 AM

Arizona's 'In God We Trust' License Plates: 1 million to SPLC designated hate group

Arizona’s ‘In God We Trust’ License Plates Found To Fund Anti-LGBTQ Group

Two new bills hope to increase regulations and remove the plate that a lawmaker says has fed over $1 million “to an extremist hate group.”

By Nina Golgowski 02/10/2019 02:48 pm ET

An Arizona state senator is working to increase regulations on specialty license plates after the state’s “In God We Trust” plate was found to benefit an anti-LGBTQ organization that’s been deemed a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

State Sen. Juan Mendez (D) revealed that proceeds from sales of the specialty license plate support the Alliance Defending Freedom organization, a group known for supporting an evangelical baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple. The group also recently made news for representing a Christian charity that refused to allow a homeless transgender woman at its overnight shelter.

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) website does not mention that ADF is the beneficiary of the $25 plates. It states that “$17 goes to promote the national motto ‘In God We Trust.’”


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