Bil Browning

I'd Rather Go Elsewhere

Filed By Bil Browning | June 13, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Indiana, LGBT rights, marriage amendment, Scott Barnes

"I would say the current atmosphere for gays and lesbians is about as bleak as I have ever seen it," said Barnes, who is 44 and looks to move to Chicago. It just feels like we're fighting the same fight. The conservatives are never going to stop," he said, "and this is a fight I want to have for the rest of my life? No. Not really. I would rather go someplace where I can live my life in peace."

-- Indiana photographer (and my friend and one of the first bloggers I started reading) Scott Barnes as quoted in the Indianapolis Star in an article about the lack of LGBT rights in the Hoosier state.

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Norenville | June 13, 2011 1:34 PM

I mostly agree with Barnes. I am 10 years his junior, but even I grow weary of the constant game of "Smear the Queer" that passes in Indiana for responsible, mature, adult legislation. To give a little more dimension to what he says, being a resident of Marion County he and his partner are covered by ordinance for rotection on job related and housing related issues. Currently, you can legally make wills, end of life directive, domestic partnership agreements, and medical power of attorney documents for a couple thousand dollars. However, the recent Marriage Discrimination amendement that is about a third of a way to becoming law would make all these fragile protections null and void. As soon as my dangerously stupid and crazy religious inlaws have more say over my partners life and belongings, I am gone. I don't even care if the house sells. Let it become an ugly reflection of Indiana's attitudes that continue to make it a ghetto from which the talented and ambitious can't wait to escape.

Where might you decide to go to live your life in peace?