The position of the Daniels Administration as it entered office in 2005 was that all policies of the previous administration remained in force unless specifically revoked. Consequently, Gov. Daniels directed his personnel chief to enforce the existing nondiscrimination policy incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some concerns have been raised that the policy continuing under Gov. Kernan's signature demonstrated potentially problematic commitment to these aspects of nondiscrimination. Ellen Anderson, President of Stonewall Democrats, in particular, called attention in the press to this concern. The abandonment of an explicit, written pledge of support for nondiscrimination legislation on the part of one Republican office holder in particular, City County Councilman Isaac Randolph, heightened these concerns.
In order to vouchsafe the commitment to nondiscrimination by the Office of the Governor of the State of Indiana in his administration, the Governor's office has indeed now issued the existing policy on Governor Daniels' own letterhead and signed by the Governor.
I urge any who may feel discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in state employment to pursue the matter through state channels, and to advise me separately so that we may highlight the concern directly to the Governor's office.