Bil Browning

So which is it?

Filed By Bil Browning | April 25, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, Politics

Congressional candidate and state representative Carolene Mays is talking out of both sides of her mouth these days. In today's Indianapolis Star, Brendan O'Shaughnessy features Mays' campaign and highlights one segment of voters that have a huge problem with electing her to higher office...

The gay community. Friend of the blog Lori Morris (incorrectly identified as Lisa Morris for some reason) points out Mays' vote in favor of SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Mays was the sole member of the black caucus to vote in favor of the amendment.

One area where Mays has drawn criticism is among the city's gay and lesbian community. She was one of the few Democrats to vote for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Lisa Morris of the Indiana Fairness Network said her group works to elect candidates friendly to gays and lesbians.

"Her vote on the gay marriage amendment told our community where we stand with her -- that she wants to keep us as second-class citizens," Morris said. "It's a vote in favor of discrimination."

Mays said she does not support discrimination and has hired people regardless of sexual orientation. Mays, who remarried in January, said she had to vote according to her belief that marriage is between a man and woman.

When Mays spoke to me on record before the slating convention, she specifically said that she regretted her vote in favor of the amendment and would go back to change it if she could. Apparently she's flip flopped again now that she's hoping for the black church vote to carry her through.

So which is it Carolene? Do you favor marriage discrimination or not?

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