Bil Browning

More toodles for SJR-7

Filed By Bil Browning | April 13, 2007 10:53 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: business, constitutional amendment, homophobic behavior, Indy Star, Matt Tully, Republicans, SJR-7

Am I the only one tired of SJR-7? By this point in the game, I'm tired of blogging about it, worrying about it, and reading about it. While today's Indy Star has two more articles about the demise of the constitutional amendment, to quote Thomas from BlueIndiana.net, "I would have been more happy to see this sort of strong condemnation of Sen. Hershman and Eric "all the hate that money can buy" Miller before SJR-7 was dead, but I suppose you take what you can get."

Let's start with Matt Tulley's article "Just desserts for backers of amendment."

Amendment supporters are mad at Austin. They should be furious with themselves.

In their zeal to bash anything gay, they pushed a measure that scared many people who read it straight. In a homophobic tizzy, backers tried to push into the state's most sacred legal document words that, for starters, could have prevented prosecutors from pursuing domestic violence cases.

Plain and simple, the folks who most wanted the constitutional amendment crafted a technically flawed piece of legislation. You don't put technically flawed pieces of legislation in the Indiana Constitution.


Tulley's piece pulls no punches in describing the homophobic frenzy of amendment backers. Meanwhile, business reporter Erika Smith's story "Anti-gay bill could have hurt state image" is another article that's great in the post-mortem, but would have been more helpful before the vote in committee.
"How does the old saying go? When you land in Indiana, set your watch back 20 years," said Jeff Smulyan, chairman and chief executive of Emmis Communications Corp., which owns radio stations around the world. "Hopefully, we can show we're more inclusive than people think."
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Last week, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage failed in the Indiana General Assembly. Five of the state's largest employers had urged its demise. It remains to be seen whether the defeat will bolster Indiana's image among gays, lesbians and other minorities.

The state already has plenty of strikes against it.

"Indiana is not New York. It's not Boston. It's not a big city. There are things that make Indiana a more difficult sell," said Mark Land, spokesman for Columbus-based engine maker Cummins. "You don't need anything additional working against you."


Either before or after the committee vote, both of these articles are needed for what it says to the average Indy Star reader: Indiana already has a reputation for intolerance and a lack of diversity. For whatever reason, Hoosier hospitality has become a relic of the past. We already know this. Hopefully now, even more folks will realize what a danger that is to our state.


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Don Sherfick | April 13, 2007 2:54 PM

I, too, am suffering from "SJR-7 Fatigue Syndrome", but find that the two Indianapolis Star items today, along with some of the other pieces we've seen recently, are good medicine, at least in treating the symptoms. Let's all take a bit of a deserved breather for several weeks if we need to, and then go back into the trenches. My own feeling is that if we keep our eye on the ball (which includes recognizing who the enemy ISN'T), and keep pointing out what's wrong with SJR-7 and what's right with fairness and equality, and some other factual matters, Hoosiers will come to a correct conclusion about Miller and Company. Their continued avoidance of what they knew and when they knew it concerning the "poorly drafted" [per Judge Bork] language used in SJR-7, and why they resisted all atempts at fixing it says volumes.

Keith Bowman | April 13, 2007 3:07 PM

The fatigue is real and justified - but just like the materials we study for fatigue there are initiation and propagation steps before failure. In this case the process has been arrested - but it could begin again. I agree that chilling for a while is a good idea - but it is always nice to hang out with you guys if only online. We all also need to show folks that we can make contributions in other ways and with other issues to further broaden the supporters for our issues.

Maybe someone will give us all a present and enforce existing laws for operation of non-profits.

take care! kb

Zach Adamson | April 13, 2007 3:54 PM

I dunno.. I am also very sick of SJR7.. So sick I could Spit.. which is pretty sick.. But I also think that what we are seeing is good for the soul. Its a sort of conditioning. One thing I've noticed is, the more exposure people get to a point of view, a point of view that they themselves do not share, the more open they are to consideration. Of course there are those who go ballistic to see such an out pouring of criticism of gay bashing. But they're a lost cause anyway. Plus, the moderates who are listening to both sides see them foaming at the mouth and it only makes us look better.
Its like when Pastor Jeff from JMCC was on the radio and the other guest was that crazy Phelps lady from KS. She was nuts!! She was so nuts that even people who may want an amendment and love to hate us took our side and wanted nothing to do with those nutjobs.
The more people are exposed to rational thinking rather than irrational thinking the better. We dont have very many positive things happen to us in the public eye.. I'll tend to favor anything positive the mainstream media gives us.
"Please Sir.. I'll have some more... "

"But I also think that what we are seeing is good for the soul. Its a sort of conditioning. One thing I've noticed is, the more exposure people get to a point of view, a point of view that they themselves do not share, the more open they are to consideration."
Good point, Zach. While we may be sick to death of hearing/reading/talking about SJR-7, there are too many Hoosiers that don't know about it or support it without thinking. Since we know that Eric Miller and his ilk won't be running off to bed and pulling the covers over their heads, we can't either.

Since I cannot protect my spouse, family and assets, how can I or any one be tired? The struggle seems to just be starting. I am relieved that at least we made it past this session, but there is next session, and one after that and after that. Eventually, we will have to be fighting for laws which allow us to marry not just fighting laws that prevent us from marrying.

I find the new articles refreshing because it has shifted from gay marriage to influencial businesses and straight people saying SJR-7, the entire thing-not just part B that the courageous 5 Representatives have issues with--is bad and needs to be ended.

Whatever keeps the conversation going is a plus for our side.