The Indianapolis City-County Council is considering Proposition 622 - a proposed update to the city's human rights ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Indiana Equality Region 8 has worked with the council co-sponsors to reintroduce an ordinance that ensures equality and fairness for all Indianapolis residents. Proposition 622 would prohibit discrimination in employment or housing based on sex, age, race, religion, disability, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The proposed update would bring Indianapolis into line with other world-class cities across the country. According to a 2004 Public Opinion Strategies poll, almost 70% of Marion County residents believe that Indianapolis should have an inclusive human rights ordinance similar to other large metropolitan areas.
Governor Mitch Daniels (R) issued a non-discrimination policy for state employees earlier this year that included sexual orientation and gender identity. Mayor Bart Peterson (D) announced a similar policy for city employees last month.
Proposition 622 needs 15 votes to pass. The ordinance was introduced with 12 co-sponsors. We're still 3 votes short. We have to influence those votes.
As Proposition 622 nears a vote, the right wing extremists will be reaching fever pitch. They will send thousands of emails and make hundreds of phone calls to the councilors.
Your voice must be heard. The far right can't be the only group speaking on this issue. Indiana Equality Region 8 firmly believes that for our community to succeed it will take our combined efforts. We cannot be silent.
Please take this opportunity to send an email to your councilors. Let them know that you support the American values of fairness and equality. Be sure to "Tell a Friend" about this action, so we can spread the word about this issue.
Finally, consider making a donation to Indiana Equality. We need your support to continue advocating on behalf of families like yours.
Indiana Equality Region 8 covers Indianapolis and the surrounding suburb counties. It is a coalition of 17 community organizations dedicated to the fight for LGBT rights.
We can win this fight. We can make Indianapolis a safer place for our families. But we must work together. Won't you join us?