Bil Browning

Prop 622 is moving forward!

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

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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 voted in favor of the human rights ordinance, while the three republicans voted against it.

I found the following section of the the article to be interesting. The quotes and summary of her position confirm conversations that I have had with her as well. But note that she mentions that the Republican Party has backed off of this issue. So why are the three committee members STILL voting against it if they're able to vote their conscience? Surely Keller, Langsford and McWhirter aren't the only Republicans with ethics...

Lynn McWhirter, a Republican council member, said she was considering becoming the 15th vote needed to pass the proposal banning discrimination in the workplace and housing market based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A similar proposal failed 18-11 in April, but supporters have persuaded at least four members to consider changing their votes.

Republican Lance Langsford, who originally voted against the discrimination ban, has become a sponsor. Talley said last week he would support it, and fellow Democrat Ron Gibson has said he is leaning in that direction.

McWhirter said Tuesday night she hasn't made a firm commitment but has been talking to her constituents, which will determine her final decision.

She said the Republican Party urged members to oppose the proposal in April but has backed away from that stance in light of similar bans included in the hiring policies of Gov. Mitch Daniels and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi.

"(Party leaders) see it's moving forward, so they said everyone should vote their conscience this time," McWhirter said.

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