Sooo... I sent out messages across the local wires to try and rouse the local activists-- especially students, faculty and staff. You know, the same ones whose domestic partner benefits are a major target of that little nuisance called SJR7 or the Marriage amendment. Read part B.
ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF INDIANA IS AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS: Section 38. (a) Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one woman. (b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
Ok, no. It doesn't specifically say, "Purdue professors and their partners will be denied the right to PURCHASE (there's no gift here) the health protections their partners and families need. But in e-mails exchanged last spring, sponsor Senator Brandt Hershman practically said that those benefits would be among the first to be axed.
So, tonight.. as the time for the meeting approached, and I saw ONLY two very radical graduate students -- the types that make Emma Goldman look fascist, I began to realize it was going to be a long night. Finally a couple of friends showed up. No students. We decided to play it calm and observe. (There was no desire to disrupt the callout, simply to be present to the Speaker. That goal was met by the fact that many of the local Republican leaders recognized myself and our political director and were taken aback at seeing "the enemy" in the camp.)
I guess I expected to see some activated students. Instead I saw many gung-ho young Republicans-- scary sight- including a new Republican Women's group "for the ladies" as it was stated and a group called UCAN -- United Conservatives Action Network. Can you hear me now IAN? The other side has shock troops too.
I wonder if the same reception would have been given to the Speaker on the Ball State campus... or IU..? Purdue is conservative, but what will it take to wake people up? I am going to assume that the short term notice -- only a day prior to the event-- is what kept us from having a sizable turnout.
Sign me frustrated!