Bil Browning

Proposition 622 Wants Your Body!

Filed By Bil Browning | December 02, 2005 12:08 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement

Tell the Indianapolis City-County Council to support equality and fairness for all!

On December 5, 2005 at 5:30pm, the Indianapolis City-County Council will hold a public committee hearing on Proposition 622 - the proposed update to the city's human rights ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Rules and Public Policy Committee, meeting in the Public Assembly Room (council chambers) will hear testimony on the proposed changes from the community. The meeting will be televised.

Your help is needed!
  • Attend Monday night's hearing and ask your friends, family and neighbors to join you. A large public turnout will help ensure the committee's support.

    WHO: City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee WHAT: Proposition 622 public testimony hearing
    WHEN: December 5, 2005 5:30pm (arrive early for seating) WHERE: City-County Building (200 E Washington St - downtown)
  • Take action now! Take a moment right now to contact the members of the City-County Council and ask them to support equality and fairness for all Marion County citizens.

About the HRO

Proposition 622 updates the Indianapolis human rights ordinance. Prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is among the provisions of the proposition.

  • The Indianapolis Star Editorial Board issued strong support for the measure in an editorial titled: Time for council to do the right thing
  • A 2004 Public Opinion Strategies poll found that nearly 70% of Marion County residents believe that Indianapolis should have an inclusive human rights ordinance similar to other large metropolitan areas.
  • Governor Mitch Daniels (R) issued a non-discrimination policy for state employees earlier this year that included sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Mayor Bart Peterson (D) announced a similar policy for city employees last month.

Proposition 622 needs 15 votes to pass. The ordinance was introduced with 12 co-sponsors. We're still 3 votes short. We have to influence those votes. Click here to take action now and write the City Council if you haven't already.

What groups comprise Indiana Equality Region 8?

Indiana Equality Region 8 covers Indianapolis and the surrounding suburb counties. It is a coalition of 17 community organizations dedicated to the fight for LGBT rights. Coalition partners include: Advance Indiana,, Greater Indianapolis Fairness Alliance (GIFA), Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Indiana Action Network (IAN), Indiana Black Pride (IBP), Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), Indiana Log Cabin Republicans, Indiana Stonewall Democrats, Indiana Transgender Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA), Indiana Youth Group (IYG), Indianapolis Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, Indy Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and Stop The Amendment.

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