According to a report in today's Indianapolis Star, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops said that they are developing new guidelines for ministry to gays, affirming many of that church's traditional positions, but condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In this position on nondiscrimination with regard to sexual orientation, the Church joins the vast majority of Americans and Hoosiers.
Yet outside of a minority of places such as Indianapolis, Lafayette, Bloomington, and Fort Wayne, it remains perfectly legal in Indiana to look someone in the eye and say: "You're gay and you're fired." It is NOT legal to say: "You're white and you're fired" or "You're Christian and you're fired" or "You're male and you're fired."
Your neighbors, friends, family members, and colleagues who are gay or transgendered in Indiana do not share your protections from discrimination in the workplace, in housing, or public accomodations. Isn't it time to update our laws to reflect what Hoosiers and Americans believe?
(From our Principles: FIRST REPUBLICANS BELIEVE in equal rights, equal protection, equal justice, equal opportunity and equal responsibilities for all people, regardless of race, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or national origin.)
(This item is cross-posted from The First Republicans Forum.)