The following letter from a staunch Republican to the Indianapolis Star recently came to my attention:
Indianapolis Star October 1, 2006
We live in an era when narrowing our constitutional rights is popular with certain special interest groups. It is a shame some politicians, like Rep. Matt Pierce, don't trust law-abiding citizens with their rights ("Pack a picnic-- or a gun," Sept 22). I applaud Department of Natural Resources Director Kyle Hupfer for actually returning a constitutional right. I am pleased the Daniels administration is seeking ways to broaden our rights. Yes, this regulation is a small acknowledgment to the Bill of Rights, but when it comes to our freedom, Hoosiers should take every little bit from our government.
If the preservation of the Bill of Rights is a Republican tenet, it's time for fair minded Republicans to speak up in defense of another cornerstone constitutional right, this one under attack from the right wing: The equal protection of the laws. The Indiana Constitution reads:
Section 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.
Because the Constitution's call is so clear, a small special interest group ("a narrow constituency with a strong agenda" as Senator Lugar describes them) is pushing for an amendment to the Constitution which would void the Constitutional right of glbt citizens to the equal protections of the laws. In Indiana, that amendment seeks explicitly to deny any legal of incident of marriage from being extended to glbt citizens.
Libertarian-minded moderate Republicans and Constitutional conservative Republicans alike should understand that this attempt to abrogate the Constitutional right to equal protection is a fundamental threat to the American way of life, as terrifying to glbt citizens as it should be to all. People like Mr. Mullins, who claim a higher call to defend the freedoms of the Constitution, cannot remain silent in the face of this attack on a core Constitutional right. I hope you will be as vocal.
This Message cross-posted from First Republicans Forum.