When a proposal came before the Indianapolis City-County Council last April to prohibit discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, all but one Republican member of the council voted against it. Sadly, they did so at the urging of local party leaders.
Supporters of the Human Rights Ordinance would like to re-introduce it this fall. Council member Scott Keller is not alone this time. He has the support of fellow Republican council member Lance Langsford, but no other Republicans have agreed to support it. Virtually every other major city in America has enacted an ordinance opposing discrimination against gays and lesbians. Will the Republican Party once again embarrass itself by voting in near lock step against this important and symbolic civil rights legislation? I hope for the sake of my party it won't.
Gary R. Welsh
Advance Indiana in the paper
Advance Indiana editor, Gary Welsh, had a letter to the editor today. As usual, Gary was eloquent and concise. He addresses not only Pat Miller's "state approved reproduction" bill, but the anti-marriage constitutional amendment SJR7 and the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance. The HRO section reads: