Andrew Markle

Anti-Gay IN Senator: Pro-LGBT Groups 'Don't Fight Fair'

Filed By Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, HJR-3, HJR-6, Indiana, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Mike Delph, privilege tantrums, same-sex marriage

mike-delph-indiana.jpgIn a bizarre homage to April Fools' Day, Indiana State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) had an op-ed published today in the Indianapolis Star. In it, the State Senator claims that pro-LGBT groups "don't fight fair" and that the state should remove itself entirely from the marriage equation, adopting a somewhat libertarian stance on the matter.

Delph frequently comments about how his Creator has provided inalienable rights for man, just not the gay man.

Here is an excerpt:

"You see principles of self-government were always predicated on a strong moral foundation usually anchored by our value system based in large part on the Bible. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' Back then, it's hard to imagine these rights included gay marriage or civil unions. Especially when the Creator referenced is the same Creator from the Bible, the same Bible that references homosexuality as 'an abomination in the sight of God."

Delph goes on to admonish government for its alleged intrusion into an institution that was created by religion. He states that he would rather couples marry under their own religious traditions than have the government sanctioning marriages.

The senator concludes his op-ed by saying:

"If I have learned anything over the last months in the HJR-3 debate, opponents of traditional Judeo-Christian values don't fight fair or with honor. They fight to win, and to date have been very successful. I have to give the devil his due. But the issue is still unresolved and thinking members of faith still have time to engage. There is hope for an outcome where we all can win. By then we may have a better understanding of the net social cost or benefit from the path we march down."

Actually, equality opponents have outnumbered pro-LGBT groups in Indiana in both fundraising and manpower. Freedom Indiana won the battle against HJR-3, a proposed constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, by launching a successful grassroots campaign that was funded partly by Indiana's largest corporations, Eli Lilly & Co. and Cummins International.

Click here to read the rest of Sen. Delph's ridiculous op-ed.


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