Bil Browning

Stop Disagreeing With Us or Else!

Filed By Bil Browning | March 24, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Connie Lawson, gay marriage, HJR-6, Libertarian party, marriage amendment, marriage equality, Republican party, same-sex marriage, state senate

You won't believe this e-mail that Indiana Senate Majority Leader Connie Lawson (R) sent to a leader of the Indiana Libertarian Party from her official senate e-mail account about a proposed marriage discrimination amendment. The Libertarians have loudly opposed the amendment and Lawson would like them to quiet down - or else!

Connie-Lawson.jpgRoughly translated, the e-mail says, "Hey, Libertarians! Long time no talk! Please shut the fuck up about the marriage amendment, m'kay? I'd hate to have to kick your ass, cuz no one wants to see all that."

I have come to realize that you have helped drive the Libertarian Party of Indiana's most recent views against HJR-6 and SJR-13. While you do understand that I appreciate and respect your views on this issue, I do request that you keep these posts to a minimum. The Republican Party of Indiana does not wish to cause issue with the Libertarian Party of Indiana in any way, but should these oppositions continue to occur, we may have to make some structural adjustments.

What structural adjustments? Why, ballot access, of course. Connie Lawson doesn't mess around; she'll either screw gays and lesbians or she'll screw you if you get in her way. That's just one paragraph of a longer patronizingly threatening letter. The sheer stupidity and pomposity of Lawson's e-mail will shock you. The entire thing is after the jump.

UPDATE: It appears this is a hoax e-mail. The Libertarian Party put out a new press release late last night after I'd gone to bed (and set this post to autopublish). It's after the jump too.

The Original E-mail

From: <senator.lawson@iga.in.gov>

Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Subject: LGBT Issues and Rights in Indiana

To:

Dear ____,

It has been quite some time since we have last spoken. I appreciate your continued concern about LGBT rights here in Indiana. As you know, we have taken recent strides to assist the state in strengthening marriage. Our state boasts one of the highest rates of divorce in the nation and we are seeking to help reduce these issues through marriage counseling programs and by constitutionally changing the way that marriage works here in Indiana.

I have come to realize that you have helped drive the Libertarian Party of Indiana's most recent views against HJR-6 and SJR-13. While you do understand that I appreciate and respect your views on this issue, I do request that you keep these posts to a minimum. The Republican Party of Indiana does not wish to cause issue with the Libertarian Party of Indiana in any way, but should these oppositions continue to occur, we may have to make some structural adjustments.

I do appreciate your views and think that you have done a magnificent job in articulating an adequate viewpoint on these issues. While they are viewed as the most basic civil rights issues of our day, it should also be noted that continual political polarization in Indiana and in the United States could result in serious consequence should we not provide support and coalition together for the greater good of all Hoosiers.

I will keep you informed of the bills that are passing through the Senate this year and will continue to have open dialogue. I do request that you cease postings in this issue and help them die slowly so that the State House will be able to see the true nature of the people of Indiana and not of politics as usual.

Sincerely,

Senator Connie Lawson

Majority Floor Leader

200 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

S24@in.gov

Libertarian Party Press Release

Libertarian Party of Indiana Victim Of Fake Email

We sent out a press release this afternoon with a memo regarding a Constitutional ban on gay marriage. After further investigation we have determined that we were the victim of a similar hoax as the one that befell Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett last week. Our party cares deeply about accountability and transparency, so we want to be the first to confirm to you that this email was not sent from a state government email address.

This email was sent to us February 9, 2011, but we released it today. We wanted to take the time to hear the other side of the story before sharing it with our membership and the media. Unfortunately, answers were never provided.

The person working on our social networking sites at the time received the email first. We called the Indiana State's Senate Office to speak with Senator Lawson about the email's contents immediately after we were made aware of its contents. We were never able to get through to the Majority Leader for clarification.

We also reached out to the Indiana Republican Party last week, and provided them with a hard copy of the email. After no response, we felt it was time to make the public aware of this information, and hopefully get some answers that way.

We do not know where the email came from, or what motives were behind the hoax. We have and will cooperate with any authorities that wish to pursue this matter to get answers. We also apologize to the other victim of this hoax, State Senator Connie Lawson. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

In Liberty,

Sam Goldstein


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Unfortunately, this was a hoax email. Please see the LPIN website (www.lpin.org) for further details.

Connie's office swears that this is a hoax and Senator Long is releasing a Press release claiming that the Libertarians and the GOP are looking into the matter to determine the source.

Hoax? It seemed plausible I suppose. There is certainly no shortage of foaming-at-the-mouth supremacists running around, or even ones who will stongly attack other conservatives for not being as gleefully prejudicial.

I guess we'll see ...

Oh, well. That doesn't mean political pressure doesn't exist.