I published the following letter in the Lafayette Journal and Courier today-- in support of our efforts against the Thompson amendment. We also contacted and received a lot of support from our local county commissioners, mayors, city councils, and human relations commissions-- many of which sent us copies of their alarmed messages to state Legislators. As far as we are concerned in Tippecanoe County, this is a settled matter, and we'll work to keep it so. Ever Vigilant!
A power grab against equal rights in cities
It is with shock, anger and dismay that I learned of state Rep. Jeff Thompson's attempt to void Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County's human relations ordinances in regards to protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in housing and employment. This is the only category not currently covered by state and federal law.
In the past decade, this community came to the conclusion that our gay and lesbian neighbors are valued and need to be protected from discrimination. In one amendment, Thompson, R-Lizton, seeks to wipe out that progress statewide, including the recently passed ordinance in Indianapolis.
This is one more nail in the coffin of Indiana's economic progress. Why does this General Assembly continue to promote bills that target this community? Adoption, artificial insemination, marriage and contractual rights, and now even the few shreds of basic protection have been targeted in this session.
It is time for the silent middle -- the vast number of gay/lesbian/bi/transgendered-friendly citizens and allies of this community -- to stand up again and be counted. Even Gov. Mitch Daniels understood the value of GLBT Hoosiers when he signed the executive order to ban employment discrimination. Maybe the legislature can take a cue from him and local Republicans and reign in this madness.
Political Liaison, Citizens for Civil Rights, Lafayette
Region 4 Rep, Indiana Equality