Bil Browning

Brizzi shows council the way

Filed By Bil Browning | October 14, 2005 5:44 PM | comments

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Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi (R) announced today that his department would formally adopt language in their non-discrimination policy that specifically forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation. In the article, Brizzi points to the city-county council's failure to pass a human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation and gender identity as a key reason for the change in written policy.

Again, I repeat. What is it going to take to get the Democrats back in the driver's seat as far as civil rights go? With five Democrats ensuring the doom of the proposed human rights ordinance, one lone Republican stood firm - Scott Keller. He's since been joined as a co-sponsor by Lance Langsford - the only councilor to publicly change positions - another Republican. The Republican Governor has issued a non-discrimination policy for public employees that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. And Indianapolis can't compete with other cities our size in terms of progressive tolerance because of 5 Democrats. How severely disappointing.

Thankfully, I've been out talking to some of these Democrats. And they're moving. Their fears are being taken care of - their input valued. They're talking. They're listening. And as the dialogue continues, they're coming our way. Sadly, most of the other Republicans won't even talk. Maybe they should pay attention to the state-level leadership -after all, Jim Kittle's business has a non-discrimination policy already in place that includes sexual orientation...

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has approved a formal employment policy within his office prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation -- the same move that plunged Gov. Mitch Daniels into hot water with social conservatives.

After the City-County Council defeated a countywide measure banning such discrimination in April, Brizzi said it seemed like the right time to amend his policy to reflect the practice.

Scott Keller, the only Republican on the council to vote for the ordinance when it failed 18-11 in April, said he hoped his side of the aisle would help flip the four votes necessary to pass the ordinance. It would protect gay and transgender people from being fired or denied housing because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Already, Republican Lance Langsford has said he will co-sponsor the measure, and Keller said he thought he was close to winning another vote.

Jackie Nytes, the Democrat who with Keller has pushed the ordinance banning discrimination against gays, said she won't bring it back to the council for another vote unless she thinks it would succeed. She doesn't want to risk another blow to the city's reputation for tolerance, she said, but hoped to secure enough votes to reintroduce the proposal for the Oct. 31 meeting.

Brizzi said Republicans and Democrats alike ought to hire employees based on merit and nothing else.


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AUTHOR: LPerdue

DATE: 10/16/2005 07:30:38 PM

While I appreciate Mr. Brizzi issuing his hiring policy, I do have to ask if he is talking to the Republicans on the Council, trying to bring them around? To blame five Democrats for the the impending "doom" of the HRO instead of the 12, I repeat TWELVE Republicans, is ludicrous. It's a failure of the twelve Republicans and the five Democrats. And Bil, I appreciate very much your joining in and talking to the Democrats. We cab akk hope someone is talking to the Republicans!!


AUTHOR: LPerdue

DATE: 10/16/2005 07:31:39 PM

While I appreciate Mr. Brizzi issuing his hiring policy, I do have to ask if he is talking to the Republicans on the Council, trying to bring them around? To blame five Democrats for the the impending "doom" of the HRO instead of the 12, I repeat TWELVE Republicans, is ludicrous. It's a failure of the twelve Republicans and the five Democrats. And Bil, I appreciate very much your joining in and talking to the Democrats. We can all hope someone is talking to the Republicans!! Sorry about the typo. I am tired, tired, tired.