When I have to report stories like Indiana Democratic candidates touting their support of a marriage amendment and loudly proclaiming how much they want to discriminate against the LGBT community, it makes me incredibly angry and ashamed. You often hear from Hoosier progressives that "Indiana Democrats are more like moderate Republicans."
But now the truth is coming out. They're not like moderate Republicans; they're more like the conservative Republicans who've been pushing their brand of religious extremism for years. For some reason the Dems have decided that conservative voters will choose a wannabe conservative Republican with a D after their name than an actual conservative Republican.
The proof is in the pudding. Moderate Republicans like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor (and former Senator) Lincoln Chafee, Rep Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, and even super conservative former Vice President Dick Cheney all support marriage equality. Now former Secretary of State and Republican statesman Colin Powell has joined their ranks.
Where are Indiana's gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and Senate hopeful Joe Donnelly? The Democrats are still pounding the pavement with their anti-gay animus. Come November, they'll be wondering why they lost as the country moves beyond their outdated views.
After all, if your candidate can't keep up with the times, how are they going to solve any problems? Imagine if your doctor tried to cure you with leeches. Instead, Gregg and Donnelly are leeching off of the LGBT community by demanding our money and votes while simultaneously prescribing a bloodletting.