I don't usually comment on other postings concerning political ins-and-outs in Indiana General Assembly, but Bil's recent item, complete with a row of hearts linking photos of Senator Brant Hershman and Representative Scott Pelath prompts me to stick my own nose into the subject briefly.
When I first heard (over streaming video) Senator Hershman, just after SJR-7 passed the Senate last month, name Pelath as one of two managers for the measure when it went to the House, not being all that conversant with names and parties, I assumed he was a fellow Republican. When I found out via Advance Indiana's coverage of the matter that he was a key Democrat from Michigan City I was frankly disturbed.
But I've since seen some comments to the Advance Indiana item suggesting that maybe the "love-in" Bil's piece suggests may not be the entire story. And because I'm a proverbial "presume the best before shown otherwise" type of person, I did a little checking with my own source in the Michigan City vicinity. She confirms what I saw in the AI comments, and is of the impression (whether or not from personal knowledge she didn't say) that she thinks the designation took place without Pelath's being contacted first by Hershman. This would seem to me to be plausible because of AI's assertions that Hershman was concerned that he had somehow hurt Pelath by designating him. Had there been a prior conversation that would seem to have been covered between the two. I've also independently verified the comment in AI that cross-party designations are a common practice in the Indiana General Assembly and don't signal affinity for a particular bill.
I do know that Pelath was one of those Democrats who voted for SJR-7 in 2005, despite what otherwise appears to be a positive record concerning GLBT issues, particularly his role in his employer's antidiscrimination policies on sexual orientation. He is far from alone in that contradiction. Like it or not, many people who otherwise are with us on the rest of the current LGBT equality issues still struggle with the same sex marriage issues for a variety of reasons. I work and pray for their enlightenment, but I don't consider that they have necessarily gone over to the "Dark Side of the Force". It would appear to me that many people who voted that way in 2005 are now reading the editorial pages of our major newspapers, and are becoming increasingly aware of the uncertainties and difficulties, and outright misrepresentations of proponents concerning SJR-7, particularly its second sentence. So I have re-affirmed by own presumption of innocence and put away my own comic Valentine's Day cards.