Politics: December 2005

Councilor Brown on the HRO

Filed by Bil Browning | December 29, 2005 | 2:46 PM | comments

Today's Indianapolis Star has a letter to the editor from Councilor Vernon Brown - one of the 12 co-sponsors of Proposition 622. In all my dealings with Councilor Brown, I have found him to be a straight-forward matter-of-fact individual...Read More


Spirit of the Season

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | December 24, 2005 | 11:07 AM | comments

The Indianapolis community got an early Christmas gift this year--and not just the gay community. The Indianapolis City-County Council, by an agonizingly close margin, amended the city's Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance now protects against discrimination in employment or housing...Read More


Life after the HRO

Filed by Bil Browning | December 23, 2005 | 11:24 PM | comments

I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words (about myself, fellow bilerico contributor Linda Perdue, and the Indiana Equality Region 8 team) concerning the passage of Proposition 622. The work on the HRO took a lot of personal investment...Read More


Chasing the Clouds Away

Filed by Bil Browning | December 22, 2005 | 1:25 PM | comments

A small cloud hangs over the joyous celebration of the passage of Proposition 622. Make no mistake, although the effect of the ordinance is chiefly symbolic,what protection it does offer and the value of the symbolism signal an important change...Read More


Thank you President Talley

Filed by Bil Browning | December 20, 2005 | 1:39 PM | comments

There are many people who deserve credit for our win yesterday; Jackie, Scott, & Bil led the fight, but others came before to prepare the way and the glorious multitudes chipped in to make victory possible and to deepen its...Read More


This is it! Final Vote on Human Rights Ordinance!

Filed by Bil Browning | December 19, 2005 | 2:45 AM | comments

Tonight the Indianapolis City-County Council will have a final vote on Proposition 622 - the proposed changes to the city's Human Rights Ordinance. Sunday on WISH TV 8, council president Steve Talley was quoted as saying he has the votes...Read More


More on the HRO

Filed by Bil Browning | December 18, 2005 | 8:10 AM | comments

City-County Council President Steve Talley has an editorial in today's Indianapolis Star. It explains his change in position on the HRO and ends with, "As president of the City-County Council, it is my duty to ensure city-county laws are in...Read More


Things have been a little busy...

Filed by Bil Browning | December 17, 2005 | 10:38 PM | comments

As I'm sure most of you are aware now, I am the chair for Indiana Equality Region 8. Region 8 covers Indianapolis and the surrounding suburb counties. With the battle for Proposition 622 in full gear, things have been a...Read More


Prop 622 is moving forward!

Filed by Bil Browning | December 14, 2005 | 10:12 PM | comments

Today's Indy Star had a great article about last night's City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee hearing. Proposition 622 was voted out of committee and before the full council on a strictly party line vote (5-3). All the democrats...Read More


Indy Star Article on Prop 622

Filed by Bil Browning | December 11, 2005 | 11:09 PM | comments

Today's Indianapolis Star story on Proposition 622 has some interesting tidbits in it. One thing I found very noticeable was how the first two politicos were not only in favor of it - they were Republicans. First you had the...Read More


Steve Talley Supports 622

Filed by Bil Browning | December 10, 2005 | 11:44 PM | comments

With the recent story in the Indianapolis Star, I'm proud to finally be able to say publicly that Steve Talley has flipped sides in the HRO battle. I have spoken with President Talley several times now. I have always found...Read More


Seeking my history... Seeking myself...

Filed by Bruce Parker | December 09, 2005 | 4:05 AM | comments

Social Studies curriculum in public school erase the existence of queer people. Some small progress has been made in represenatations of women and racial minorities, however we still just don't exist. The damage this does to kids who understand themselves...Read More


Hung Like a Horse

Filed by Seth Kreigh | December 09, 2005 | 12:28 AM | comments

I never realized how far society's morals and values have been eroded until I read about drug addicted horses hanging their heads in shame. These are the types of hoodlums that prey on the weak in society and perpetuate the...Read More


Playing the Race Card

Filed by Ed Team | December 06, 2005 | 9:01 AM | comments

People may be wondering why so many black people, in particular African-American clergy, are suddenly so visible in the battle over Proposition 622, the amended Indianapolis-Marion County Human Rights Ordinance that among other things adds sexual orientation and gender identity...Read More


Human Rights, nothing else

Filed by Bil Browning | December 05, 2005 | 3:14 PM | comments

Human rights are, just as the name says, the rights of humans; all humans. Those who argue against Human rights, as did the African American ministers who gathered at the City County Bulding a week ago to publicize their hostility...Read More


IBJ Editorial Favors Prop 622

Filed by Bil Browning | December 04, 2005 | 3:24 PM | comments

The Indianapolis Business Journal came out in favor of Proposition 622 this weekend. They join the Indianapolis Star in their support of the human rights ordinance. It's time for Indianapolis to send a signal to the rest of the world...Read More


It's Getting Interesting

Filed by Ed Team | December 03, 2005 | 10:33 PM | comments

Check out this article in Saturday's Indy Star....Read More


Fighting for American Values

Filed by Sheila S. Kennedy | December 02, 2005 | 1:00 PM | comments

An new partner in the fight for fairness and equal rightsRead More


We (Don't) Like Ike

Filed by Jerame Davis | December 02, 2005 | 2:39 AM | comments

All Those Contemplating Support for Isaac Randolph: Having provided some support for Isaac for his city county council seat, we are forced now to question "Ike's" integrity and judgement, and to consider opposing both his re-election and any further...Read More