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 who had the best interests of all of his constituents at heart.
Councilman stands by votes as the right thing to do
I want to thank the people who called and e-mailed me to voice opinions on the human rights ordinance and the consolidation proposal. In addition to their opinions, I considered the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The two proposals that passed the City-County Council on Dec. 19 helped to ensure that those rights we hold dear are preserved for all.
My responsibility as a councilman and a member of the Administration and Finance, Municipal Corporations, Parks and Recreation, and Public Safety and Criminal Justice committees is to base my decisions on factual information and judge each proposal on its own merit.
I have the responsibility to protect the rights of all people and to fight racism, sexism, injustice and discrimination; to make fiscally sound decisions; and to pass legislation that ensures the health, safety and well-being of every citizen.
My responsibility as a Christian is to try to follow the teachings of Christ, which include fairness, forgiveness, charity and tolerance. At no time was I ever taught that discrimination was a Christian value.
It is not my responsibility to judge the sins of other human beings. I believe that this is the sole responsibility of God. I want to be able to say that I treated all human beings with dignity and respect, and I tried to help and protect other people not only from my position as a council member, but also as a firefighter, in my personal life, as a citizen and Christian.
I believe that voting for law enforcement consolidation and the human rights ordinance was not only the right thing to do, but it was also the American thing to do, the Christian thing to do, and the honorable thing to do.
City-County Council member