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Boiling Mad About Bosma

Filed By Ed Team | August 23, 2005 10:33 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

Ok, I knew I shouldn't have gone.. but I saw the article in the Lafayette Journal and Courier for the Purdue College Republicans Callout tonight. Their keynote speaker was none other than the exalted Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma. In MY town.. and on my turf!

Sooo... I sent out messages across the local wires to try and rouse the local activists-- especially students, faculty and staff. You know, the same ones whose domestic partner benefits are a major target of that little nuisance called SJR7 or the Marriage amendment. Read part B.

ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF INDIANA IS AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS: Section 38. (a) Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one woman. (b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

Ok, no. It doesn't specifically say, "Purdue professors and their partners will be denied the right to PURCHASE (there's no gift here) the health protections their partners and families need. But in e-mails exchanged last spring, sponsor Senator Brandt Hershman practically said that those benefits would be among the first to be axed.

So, tonight.. as the time for the meeting approached, and I saw ONLY two very radical graduate students -- the types that make Emma Goldman look fascist, I began to realize it was going to be a long night. Finally a couple of friends showed up. No students. We decided to play it calm and observe. (There was no desire to disrupt the callout, simply to be present to the Speaker. That goal was met by the fact that many of the local Republican leaders recognized myself and our political director and were taken aback at seeing "the enemy" in the camp.)

I guess I expected to see some activated students. Instead I saw many gung-ho young Republicans-- scary sight- including a new Republican Women's group "for the ladies" as it was stated and a group called UCAN -- United Conservatives Action Network. Can you hear me now IAN? The other side has shock troops too.

I wonder if the same reception would have been given to the Speaker on the Ball State campus... or IU..? Purdue is conservative, but what will it take to wake people up? I am going to assume that the short term notice -- only a day prior to the event-- is what kept us from having a sizable turnout.

Sign me frustrated!

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AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 8/24/2005 07:45:44 AM

It takes a certain amount of courage to walk into the lion's den like you did. Unfortunately, not everyone has as much chutzpah... It's good to let Bosma and his ilk know that we're not just going to lay back and let them walk all over us. Thanks for going and representing!


DATE: 8/24/2005 11:12:12 AM

You know.. I guess I am beyond that point in my activist old age. I never even considered it to be that dangerous-- especially since we intended no shouting or booing. Asking a question -- and they actually allowed that -- would have been a way to put him on notice. The one question that did get asked in some vague disjointed way about marriage was something to the effect of "if a gay man sodomizes as many women as he does men, will he still get to heaven?" The Speaker laughed it off with "I'll leave that up to God". Which gave him a perfect chance later to praise himself as the victim of n ICLU lawsuit for allowing people to pray to Jesus Christ. What a marytr! He also claimed that he is the TARGET of activists who blame him for the whole marriage amendment -- yeah IAN!