Ok.. I just woke up from a dream.. ...
and I saw that the Indiana General Assembly was controlled by a party of men who decided who was a true American... who deserved rights and who didn't. They saw it as their place to decide who should be encouraged to have more children and who shouldn't. And the money from outside groups kept those bigots in place.. and actually called the tune as to language and laws.
Wait, I saw this one before. Yeah.. it was the 1920s and the Ku Klux Klan controlled the governor's office on down to the local county commissioners. Was Indiana full of stupid hicks then? Well, ok, they were here.. but the majority of the party then was made up of middle class white small town Protestants. The same people who in their God-fearing ways feared change and furriners.
But wait.. when I examine this dream again, I see it more clearly. It's a Senator proposing to regulate artificial insemination to ONLY MARRIED COUPLES. (No queers need apply for that license, since the senator who shall remain nameless' SJR7 passed both houses once.)
It's another representative-- backed by the 2006 version of the Klan -- Eric Miller's Advance America -- ok, no hoods just nice business suits, slick smiles and plenty o' cash-- trying to strip local commissions from their duty to protect all citizens. Nevermind that silly talk about local control.
You know.. there were bright spots.. for instance, a Governor who actually seems to support GLBT people-- in his state hiring policies. Too bad he can't spare a dime of his sparce political capital to slow some of these egregious wrongs from his party's faithful.