Bil Browning

The Question I did not ask

Filed By Bil Browning | October 25, 2006 1:41 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: amendment, Brian Bosma, Jewish, LGBT community, marriage

At Annette's invitation, along with a few friends, I attended the JCRC's Annual Political Action Workshop: Indiana State House Debates, last night. Present were: Representative David Orentlicher (D) and challenger Kathryn Densborn (R); Representative Cindy Noe (R) and challenger Leona Glazebrooks (D); Speaker Brian Bosma (R) and challenger Susan Fuldauer (D); and Senator Mike Delph (R) who said that he was running unopposed on the ballot. Questions were solicited from the audience, and I had one ready (although I hoped that discretion would help me bite my tongue). In the event, questions had to be written down, vetted by a bi-partisan committee and addressed to all seven participants, so I did not waste my time. For your enjoyment, here is the question I did not ask last night:

This question is addressed to Speaker Brian Bosma, Representative Cindy Noe, and Senator Mike Delph (and anybody else who supports the proposed Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment).

Many people in this audience will remember the names of Orval Faubus, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, and Eugene "Bull" Connor. A generation ago, along with a large majority of their constituents, including most mainline churches, they stood up against an attempt to destroy the United States as they knew it. With the Bible in their hands, urged on by their pastors, they made a stand for Christian Morals and American Tradition.

They stood, of course for segregation and the brutal oppression of African Americans. They cited passages of the Bible in their defense, including at least one passage attributed to Jesus. They cited long, cherished, American tradition and human social traditions going back to the beginning of time. They asserted their right to oppress and brutalize their neighbors for their own benefit and beliefs. Their names are recorded in history, and in our memories, as bigots and political panderers; their families avoid public mention of them to mitigate the shame of the connection.

Given that you rely on the same sources of support, the same arguments, as they did, in your campaign to create two classes of citizens (in defiance, not of "activist judges", but of the Indiana Bill of Rights) and to harm all gays, lesbians, bisexuals and other persons whose sexual orientation does not conform with your limited, ill-informed, understanding, as well as hurting their friends, families, including their children in their thousands, and all Hoosiers who cherish equality and fair play for all; given that those men were at least as convinced of the moral rectitude of their position as you are, and had just as much church support as you do; how would you differentiate yourselves from them?

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It warmed my heart to see you there last night! It seems that the questions asked were basic, generic ones that skimmed the surface.

I doubt that these politicians who claim they have our "best interest" at heart are so altruistic. I wonder if they really hear anything we say to them? They obviously do not have the insight to look back at history and see what has gone before.

I was also at the debate. I did my best to blog it at The Daily Pulse. I did get every question, and at least the gist of every answer, with some direct quotes and some of my own comments.