While I'd reported previously that Indianapolis has an openly gay man running for the City-County Council, another gay man and a lesbian have also jumped into the fray. Indy has never had an openly gay councilmember.
Zach Adamson is running for an at-large seat on the council while the other two are running in specific districts. Todd Woodmansee and Jackie Butler, both Indianapolis lawyers, were appointed by the county party chairman to fill vacancies in specific districts. Butler faces a stiffer challenge than Woodmansee, who seems like the most likely gay candidate to win election.
While the district Woodmansee is running in is a mix of Democrat and Republican voters, Butler's area is reliably Republican and is held by an extremely anti-gay incumbent, Ginny Cain.
Back in 2005, then-Bilerico contributor Seth Kreigh e-mailed Councilor Cain about supporting a proposed human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation and gender identity. Cain responded by saying that being gay is an "unhealthy lifestyle" and is "meant for destruction of human beings and our civilization."
You can support Woodmansee and Butler's campaigns on Facebook. Full text of Cain's e-mail is after the break.
From: CainforCouncil@aol.com [mailto:CainforCouncil@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 4:51 PM
To: Kreigh, Seth
Subject: Re: Proposal #68
It is never helpful to condone and justify someone's unhealthy chosen addiction.
Homosexuality is an addiction to unhealthy sexual behavior.
It can be overcome with proper treatment. Check out Exodus International for confirmation of this.
Homosexuality is very unhealthy.
Homosexuals have a shorter life span, are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, experience serious bouts of depression and even suicide.
The Bible is clear that sex was created and intended within the confines of heterosexual marriage.
It is meant to mirror our relationship to our Creator.
Who would want to pervert that? Satan...the author of sin.
Jesus came to overcome sin's power over us so that we can live and live abundantly! He came to rescue us...not condemn us. Thus, we need to help those who are entrapped in any kind of unhealthy lifestyle.
I will never support something that is meant for destruction of human beings and our civilization.
CCC - Dist. 5