Bil Browning

Equality Is My Dream

Filed By Bil Browning | March 16, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Dorothy Vanore, Indiana Youth Group, marriage amendment, rally for equality, same-sex marriage

Yesterday I showed you the complete "Rally for Equality" on the Indiana Statehouse steps to oppose HJR-6, the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. One of the speakers on stage was teen Dorothy Vanore; she represented the Indiana Youth Group.

Vanore was one of the most engaging and fiery orators - especially for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience with public speaking. She created a video about her moment in the spotlight that will leave you with a grin from ear to ear.

In related news, an Indiana state senate committee is currently debating the marriage discrimination amendment. (You can watch a livestream here.) They are expected to vote soon. I'll update the post with the results, but the measure is expected to easily pass.

UPDATE: The motion was tabled without a vote. They will set a later time to vote. Consider this a small victory. The amendment's not dead - and probably will come up for a vote - but it's a postponement.

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Dorothy was fantastic and really got the crowd going! Way to go D! I hate to say it, but now I willingly call myself a "friend of Dorothy!"

Rick Sutton | March 16, 2011 3:04 PM

The beauty of legislative testimony and rallies, is that new stars pop up, who capture just the right emotion.

We're all now friends of Dorothy. She rocks.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | March 17, 2011 9:23 PM

Amen! I do part-time bookeeping for the organization and can't tell you how much I respect and admire the work of its E.D. Mary Byrne and her staff. By the way, Mary also gave a great speech at the rally.