I have spoken with Steve Davis, candidate for Marion County Sheriff. As his yard sign had been among several delivered to me, I telephoned in order to ascertain his position with regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Citing the nondiscrimination policies of his fellow Republicans, Governor Mitch Daniels, Secretary of State Todd Rokita, and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, all of which include sexual orientation and gender identity, I asked Davis what his position is on nondiscrimination.
His immediate answer reflected our new world: "Well, it's the law!" Davis went on to say that he was committed to protecting and providing service to all law-abiding citizens regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. "It doesn't whether or not I like the color of your shirt. This is America! This is all about freedom!"
As a next step, I invited Steve Davis to the next after-hours of the Indianapolis Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. He elected immediately to assign that after-hours a higher priority than another meeting, and expressed his intent to attend. (The Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization. I have notified Jon Keep, fellow board member, who has undertaken to extend a parallel invitation to Sheriff Frank Anderson.)
I have very little opinion on this race and the relative merits of the candidates, except to relay my impression that Steve Davis can be supported in good conscience by those for whom justice for the glbt community is a paramount concern. (I have no reason to believe that Sheriff Frank Anderson is anything other than a friend to the community.) With regard to nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, it is my impression that "Davis gets it" in his understanding of the topic, and respects the glbt community as a community that is his to protect as much as any other in the city.
(From the Principles of the First Republicans: 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.)
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