You likely just saw Bil's item advising that the full Indiana Senate this afternoon passed and sent SJR7 to the House of Representatives, 39 to 10. I was going to wait until I could determine how many Democrats voted for and how many against (I am certain the Republicans were united for the measure), but I am finding myself getting hotter and hotter over this development, and need to express that.
Not that this vote wasn''t a sure thing.....we all knew that the Senate would rubber stamp Brant Hershman's pitiful excuse that continues to pose as serious and clear language constitutional language. We knew that the real challange was (and now truly is) ahead in a House of Representatives which the Democats control by a bare 51-49 under Speaker Bauer. Still, although one can fully anticipate an outcome, when it actually happens it can provoke a lot of righteous anger simply because it is silly, unfair, un-needed and just plain dumb.
You'll notice I didn't add "bigoted" or "full of hate". I usually part company with Bil, most other contributors, and likely most of you in that I am not quick to use such too to promiscuously, believeing that like anything else, overuse of any term lessens its effectiveness when it really counts. Nonetheless, those terms are churning around inside me itching to come out......and I reserve the right to fail to control them downstream, which may be sooner than later. What I will say that while I can't look into the hearts of each legislator and firmly label him or her bigoted or hatful, I have no hesitancy whatsoever sayng that the prime motivation behind this measure has its roots firmly in bigotry and hatred.
Senator Brant Hershman says he takes umbrage at the fact that he is accused of bigotry and hatred, says he holds nothing against us, and pleads that he is only guided by the lofty goal of preserving and protecting traditional marriage. When I hear that I want to SCREAM at him, Brian Bosma, and a host of other self-professed protectors of civic order and morality: "WHY DON'T YOU PROVE THAT YOU REALLY MEAN THAT BY INITIATING SOME LEGISLATION, EVEN THE TINIEST CRUMB OF A LAW, THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE THE REAL PROBLEMS GAY AND LESBIAN HOUSEHOLDS EXPERIENCE? SUCH AS A VERY SIMPLE ONE THAT WOULD GIVE LOVING COMMITTED COUPLES THE FINANCIAL PROTECTION OF A 100% EXEMPTION FROM INHERITANCE TAXES. RIGHT NOW, THE LAW, WHICH THE LAW RESERVES THIS BENEFIT ONLY TO MARRIED SPOUSES, EVEN IF ONE DIES AFTER MERE HOURS OF NEWLYWED BLISS. No amount of fancy wills or other legal work can give them that entitlement, despite what misrepresentations YOU are spewing. And to heap insult upon injury, when and if that monstrosity you call the second section of the "Marriage Amendment" is enacted, you and your legislature will be POWERLESS to do even that little bit for us.