Bil Browning

Indy star article about HRO

Filed By Bil Browning | September 19, 2005 2:58 PM | comments

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Today's front page of the Indianapolis Star has an article about Indiana Equality's recent efforts to help pass a human rights ordinance for Indianapolis that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The article has a couple of comments from me. It also has a sidebar article that showcases three local citizens who've faced discrimination here in Indy. One of the stories comes from fellow blogger, Steph Mineart from commonplacebook.com.
Talley was one of five Democrats to vote against the measure last spring, maintaining then that he had seen no evidence of discrimination against gays and lesbians.

He and other council members met recently with gay activists to learn whether the proposal is needed. At one meeting, an 11-year-old with a gay parent asked him how her father being fired would help strengthen her family.

"It's about being able to put a human face to the issue," said Bill Browning, who as the regional leader of Indiana Equality has been collecting stories of discrimination for council members.

It was his daughter, Paige, who questioned Talley.

"It's hard to look in my eyes and say, 'You're not as important as other people who deserve basic protection from discrimination,' " Browning said.

Talley described his meeting with ordinance supporters as powerful and compelling.


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