Bil Browning

3 Openly Gay Candidates Running for Indy City Council

Filed By Bil Browning | July 20, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Ginny Cain, Indianapolis, Jackie Butler, Todd Woodmansee, Zach Adamson

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.

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
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.

Ginny Cain
CCC - Dist. 5

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Ah, signs of intelligent life in fly-over country! (I mean the three new out candidates, not Councilwoman Cain.)

Indianapolis is a wonderful city, and I am very hopeful for its future. I congratulate the Indy LGBT community for the growth it has shown in recent decades -- it has come a long, long way since my first introduction to it during my college years in the late 70's.

And thanks, Bil, for helping the rest of the nation take notice of these new developments.

Hi, new to the Bilerico Project, but as a local I just had to comment that Zach Adamson running as an At-Large countywide candidate has excellent chances of winning as well. He has been actively running for the position for over a year now. Not mentioning him is quite an omission.

I'm sorry, you did mention him. I will correct myself by saying that not mentioning his higher profile and longer tenure as a candidate is quite an omission.