The proposed amendment to Indiana's constitution that would ban same-sex civil marriage has been reintroduced. They are still calling it SJR-7 (Senate Joint Resolution 7) and the wording has stayed the same.
From the Senate's website:
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Definition of marriage. Provides that marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one woman. Provides that Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
This ill-intentioned piece of legislation is once again being backed by one of the senate's biggest bigots, Republican Senator Brandt Hershman (
"This is an effort to preserve existing law, religious tradition and thousands of years of history from a carefully orchestrated attack by liberal special interests. This issue, if it must be debated, should be considered by the legislature and the voters of Indiana, not in a courtroom."
While I could go on and on about the stupidity of Hershman's statement, I'll just point out the very telling "This issue, if it must be debated..." part. So Senator Bigot doesn't even feel the need for debate? Shucks. Why not just pass everything he wants without talking about it first? I'm sure he knows what's best for all of us! There's a true George W in the making, eh? Maybe we should start calling him "The Decider"...
Hershman is joined this year by some other co-authors. (Click the names to go to their Senate homepages to register your displeasure!) Leading the charge for discrimination and homophobia are:
- Robert Jackman DVM (Milroy)
- John Waterman (Shelburn)
- Richard Bray (Martinsville)
- Mike Delph (Carmel)
- Gary Dillon, M.D. (Columbia City)
- Jeff Drozda (Westfield)
- Vic Heinold (Kouts - Assistant Majority Whip)
- Dennis Kruse (Auburn)
- Johnny Nugent (Lawrenceburg)
- Marvin Riegsecker (Goshen)
- Thomas Weatherwax (Logansport)
- and Michael Young (Indianapolis).
It's going to be a long hard slog through loads of crap this year, folks. With a hate crimes law, a civil rights bill and defeating the amendment, we've got a full plate. It's going to take all of us to win. I would urge you to make a donation to your favorite local LGBT organization or if you can't afford to donate, offer to volunteer. You can find a list of local orgs on the left side of the page.