Marriage Equality: March 2007

Emmis Communication joins companies opposing SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2007 | 5:46 PM | comments

Another big announcement on the SJR-7 front! Today Emmis Communications announced their opposition to SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Emmis joins Cummins Engine, Wellpoint, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly in pointing out the...Read More

South Bend Tribune opposes SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2007 | 3:33 PM | comments

The South Bend Tribune editorializes again today against SJR-7. This is one of the strongest worded editorials yet. Again, no newspaper has endorsed the amendment! As we have said before, we do not believe that SJR7 is needed, given that...Read More

Common law marriage equality?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2007 | 8:35 AM | comments

From Lambda Legal: Darrin Ellis and David Arriaga were in a committed relationship for five and a half years. On August 14, 2003, Ellis and Arriaga met with their attorney to execute estate planning documents and their Declaration of Domestic...Read More

SJR-7: Gary Bauer and the Concerned Women for America: An Inconvenient Truth

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 30, 2007 | 8:27 AM | comments

If you want more proof that Senator Brandt Hershman and other proponents of SJR-7 aren't being totally upfront when they claim it would still allow the General Assembly to enact civil unions and make laws bestowing similar benefits, all you...Read More

Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 30, 2007 | 7:30 AM | comments

Here are some stories that we didn't get to at bilerico this past week: Tennis star Billie Jean King endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. (Boston Herald) The Parti Quebecois's first openly gay leader, Andre Boisclair, lost his job after the...Read More

The Pro-Cancer forces at the statehouse

Filed by Jen Jorczak | March 29, 2007 | 5:35 PM | comments

As if you needed any more proof that certain members of the Indiana General Assembly are truly anti-sex, seven of our favorite Representatives today offered no less than twelve inane amendments to Senate Bill 327. Senate Bill 327, if you...Read More

Profiles in Cowardice - Rep. Milo Smith

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 29, 2007 | 5:08 PM | comments

Today's profile is on Rep. Milo Smith (R - Columbus). It's appropriate to point out here that Smith represents my home town and most of my family lives in his district - House District 59. Recently, Mr. Smith was quoted...Read More

130 clergy members mad as hell over SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2007 | 4:19 PM | comments

Yesterday's e-mail brought a welcome press release from the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON) announcing a letter the organization just sent to the General Assembly. The letter, signed by 130 "Indiana clergy, leaders of faith communities, and other religious professionals,"...Read More

Interesting tidbits from the latest Star article on SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2007 | 11:18 AM | comments

This morning's Star has an article on SJR-7 that has some points I wanted to pick up and comment on. The piece focuses on Lilly's opposition to the proposed amendment, but some of the sections stood out to me. (All...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | March 29, 2007 | 8:51 AM | comments

"CWA does not tolerate discrimination in any form and this amendment would enshrine discrimination into the state constitution. Further, it would place in jeopardy benefits granted all IU staff such as domestic partner benefits, and at the very least would...Read More


Filed by Don Sherfick | March 29, 2007 | 7:44 AM | comments

Ed Fox, a former fellow contributor to this site, has made a real find, as reported yesterday by Gary Welsh on Advance Indiana: None other than arch-conservative, strict-constructionist Robert Bork, unsuccessful Reagan nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, said, in...Read More

Homophobic groupie?

Filed by Jen Jorczak | March 28, 2007 | 4:20 PM | comments

So... did anyone else notice that the Star's photographer caught the exact same Eric Miller supporter yesterday that NUVO's photographer caught at Miller's 2005 rally? (click to enlarge) I mean, that's gotta be the same girl, right? How sad that...Read More

Bauer responds to attack ad

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 4:13 PM | comments

Today's South Bend Tribune carries a small article about the attack ad against Pat Bauer that ran in Sunday's paper. One small clip from the article made me pause... (emphasis mine) Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer said Tuesday that...Read More

The Colts put out a statement on Dungy controversy

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 1:53 PM | comments

The Colts released a statement yesterday in response to Coach Dungy's appearance at the Indiana Family Institute's banquet and the controversy that has arisen because of it. I actually think it's a pretty darn good statement. While they defend Dungy's...Read More

Eli Lilly opposes SJR-7

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2007 | 11:37 AM | comments

Today's Indianapolis Star carries another story about a Fortune 500 company opposing SJR-7. Which Indiana company has thrown their hat over the fence this time? Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly. Lilly joined Wellpoint, Cummins and Dow AgroSciences as vocal opponents of...Read More

Bill Richardson speaks at the HRC

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 28, 2007 | 9:42 AM | comments

That makes two candidates to speak at the HRC, the other being Hillary. Some thoughts: "You will never have to prod me to make a stand for you to do what is right for you and your families." Except, apparently,...Read More

SJR-7 kaleidoscope

Filed by Bil Browning | March 27, 2007 | 8:42 PM | comments

Advance Indiana is reporting that the American Family Association ran a full page ad in the South Bend Tribune this weekend trying to bully the Speaker of the House into bringing SJR-7 to the floor. I doubt that this technique...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | March 27, 2007 | 6:28 AM | comments

"You can say the same-sex marriage ban amendment is a morals issue. But when did legalizing discrimination and promoting prejudice become morally correct?" -- from the Star's Let It Out section on Sunday...Read More

Doesn't this pretty much sum up...

Filed by Bil Browning | March 26, 2007 | 8:34 PM | comments

...the whole "anti-gay marriage" arguments? (Warning, some words aren't safe for work!)...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | March 26, 2007 | 8:33 AM | comments

Continuing our theme of newspaper editorials against SJR-7 (see my post and Chris's update with another editorial from the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette), how could I have forgotten the Logansport Pharos-Tribune? Whatever threats might face the institution of marriage will not...Read More

SJR-7: The silence is deafening

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 26, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

Saturday Gary Welsh on Advance Indiana carried an item commenting upon a front page article in the Indianapolis Star by Bill Ruthart. The Star piece went into some depth concerning the debate over interpretation/unintended consequences of SJR-7, focusing on Domestic...Read More

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Editorial

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 26, 2007 | 6:43 AM | comments

(The question does stand: What newspapers, if any, are on record since the start of this session in supporting this amendment as currently worded?) Judge-Proof Amendment Advocates of a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage contend the amendment is...Read More

Marion and Bedford news oppose SJR-7 too

Filed by Bil Browning | March 24, 2007 | 4:14 PM | comments

Just in case you're keeping track at home, I recently found two more newspapers that are editorializing against SJR-7. Who do you think is going to be next? I'm betting on Lafayette... From the Marion Chronicle-Tribune: Supporters of a ban...Read More

Tony Dungy and the whole shebang

Filed by Bil Browning | March 23, 2007 | 6:29 PM | comments

So I have to admit, I've never seen this much attention paid to as I have over the Tony Dungy/Indiana Family Institute story. From the Associated Press to Sports Illustrated, from Pam's House Blend to Stampede Blue (a Colts...Read More

The Big Lie V: "The Amendment Cannot be Changed"

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 23, 2007 | 4:50 PM | comments

To the media and political observers: Can an amendment be changed the second time through the legislature and nevertheless progress onto the ballot in 2008? The answer is yes. It has been done before. One has only to research the...Read More

Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 22, 2007 | 11:59 PM | comments

And what we didn't get to this week at Bilerico: Archdeacons worried that Elton John would turn Trinidad and Tobago gay and banned him from the island. Seriously, if he has that much power, we need to get him to...Read More


Quote of the day

Filed by Ed Team | March 22, 2007 | 8:00 AM | comments

Here's the text of my testimony which served as an opening statement for the opposition to SJR-7 in yesterday's hearing: "Mr. Chairman and Members of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee: My name is Don Sherfick. I'm an attorney,...Read More

House committee tables SJR-7 vote

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2007 | 1:50 PM | comments

The House Rules and Legislative Affairs committee listened to three hours of testimony regarding SJR-7, the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. After several members of the committee commented that they'd like more time to review...Read More

Dungy "embraces" homophobia

Filed by Bil Browning | March 21, 2007 | 7:10 AM | comments

At last night's Indiana Family Institute dinner, Colts coach Tony Dungy announced his support of SJR-7 and his belief in the superiority of heterosexual marriage. Reporter Bobby King called shortly after the dinner for a quote and I provided one...Read More

Cummins Engine Announces Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 21, 2007 | 6:50 AM | comments

The Indianapolis Star this morning makes public the intention of the Cummins Engine to testify against the passage of SJR-7, an amendment to the State Constitution which would invalidate the equal protection clause for gay and lesbians citizens, ban civil...Read More

Back Up Your Birth Control Day!

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2007 | 6:34 PM | comments

I almost forgot to put in a plug for the National Back Up your Birth Control with Emergency Contraception Day of Action today. They're focusing this year on the "dual labeling" issue - teens have to get a prescription for...Read More

Guest post by Anita Brown

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2007 | 3:17 PM | comments

The following is a guest post by Anita Brown, a Ball State student and community organizer. If you can assist Anita, please send her an e-mail. Members of GLBT Collegiate Community: I am a graduate of Ball State University and...Read More

Larry Kramer has an op-ed in the LA Times

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 20, 2007 | 3:15 PM | comments

Larry Kramer has an op-ed in the LA Times today called "Why do straights hate gays?" It's an interesting piece, but really not anything new. He asks the question in the title and then describes the ways in which we...Read More

Amended SJR-7 could still advance?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 18, 2007 | 9:54 AM | comments

[ED NOTE: This story has been updated at the end of the post] I'm a little late on this story, but I wanted to try and check out the facts and get some other opinions. Facts, however, seem to be...Read More

Bauer: Amended SJR-7 quite possible

Filed by Bil Browning | March 16, 2007 | 3:17 PM | comments

Yesterday's Indy Star has an article about SJR-7 that quotes Democratic Speaker of the House Pat Bauer. Bauer promised that he'd allow a vote on the amendment this year and it looks like he intends to keep that promise. (Although...Read More

Friday Update

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 16, 2007 | 12:00 AM | comments

Here are some important items that we didn't have time to cover at Bilerico this week: Hawaii's civil unions bill dies in the House, a bill to give health benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees passes, and general...Read More

Defending Garrison Keillor

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 15, 2007 | 1:43 PM | comments

If you've been away from the GLBT blogosphere today and last night, then you probably missed the call-to-arms against Garrison Keillor for this Salon column. My old friend and blogger Kevin Erickson sent me the link late last night, and,...Read More

From Lawrence to SJR-7: An AVA sponsored event

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2007 | 11:42 AM | comments

The Indiana Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the American Values Alliance and Lambda Legal present: The Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships from Lawrence v. Texas to the proposed Indiana Marriage Amendment Featuring: Paul M. Smith Partner, Jenner &...Read More

The story that just keeps going and going and going and going...

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2007 | 6:08 AM | comments

This weekend's Indy Star story on Tony Dungy and the Indiana Family Institute hit the AP wire services and quickly flew around the country. It's been interesting watching as the story was reprinted in various newspapers or was responded to...Read More

Can libertarianism achieve queer equality?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 13, 2007 | 10:47 AM | comments

My note: I'm shifting around on this faster than a Founder on crack. Update after the jump. I ask this because there are a lot of GLBT people who seem to think so without really questioning its power to do...Read More

Einstein's brain, DP benefits, tiny robots, Hershman and SJR-7...what a mix!

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 12, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Anytime I hear the term "brain drain" the one in my own cranial cavity conjures up Albert Einstein. After his demise in 1955, his superintelligent topper was preserved while the rest of him became ashes. It was the subject of...Read More

Indy Star trips over own feet: Finds Dungy story

Filed by Bil Browning | March 10, 2007 | 10:11 AM | comments

Well, whattaya know? The Indianapolis Star has realized that there is a story in the whole Tony Dungy controversy - a month and a half after everyone else did. You can tell that they're taking it seriously though - after...Read More

The Pelath-Hershman SJR-7 matter

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 09, 2007 | 10:30 AM | comments

I don't usually comment on other postings concerning political ins-and-outs in Indiana General Assembly, but Bil's recent item, complete with a row of hearts linking photos of Senator Brant Hershman and Representative Scott Pelath prompts me to stick my own...Read More

Another Jeff Gannon?

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 09, 2007 | 8:23 AM | comments

A Marine Corporal and Columbia student who was at the CPAC has been outed in the blogosphere. Turns out he used to be a porn star who was in such movies as "Touched by an Anal: Four Hours of Heavenly...Read More

Would the real Brandt Hershman please stand up?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2007 | 4:56 PM | comments

Hmmm. Let's see here... We've got Brandt Hershman, Family Values Champion and Abortion Foe on one hand. Until the news reports surfaced that he'd forced his wife to have an abortion and then divorced her. Whoops. Then we have Brandt...Read More

When Brandt Hershman comes calling

Filed by Bil Browning | March 08, 2007 | 12:28 PM | comments

It seems like the Advance Indiana post from yesterday about Democratic State Representative Scott Pelath struck a chord in the Statehouse. After all, how often is that you get a phone call from a Republican senator to defend a Democratic...Read More

A few things

Filed by Bil Browning | March 07, 2007 | 3:45 PM | comments

I'm down and out with a nasty case of Indiana crud... To tide you over and still get the info out there, I'm going to give you a roundup of some times that have come out locally. Enjoy. I'll be...Read More

Hate Crimes bill may die

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 06, 2007 | 8:08 PM | comments

From the Indianapolis Star:The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee voted 9-1 in February to pass the bill. But after Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Lakeville, proposed an amendment, the legislation stalled and was not called for a vote before the full...Read More

The Big Lie IV: The Minefield. (The Phased Strategy of the Right Wing's Attack.)

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 06, 2007 | 7:20 AM | comments

I think it's important that the media and other observers understand a key point of the grand strategy pursued nationally by the right wing. We know the strategy has phases. The First Phase: Rigging Constitutional Minefields We know the first...Read More

The Hershman SJR-7 flip-flop ....please somebody ask the hard questions.

Filed by Don Sherfick | March 05, 2007 | 8:30 AM | comments

Suppose you were trying to accomplish something by amending the Indiana Constitution and were looking for the words to do it in the clearest and best way. A like-minded colleague hands you a piece of paper and says: "This looks...Read More

Live-blogging @ Boulevard Place Cafe

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 05, 2007 | 8:21 AM | comments

I was at the grassroots meeting at the Boulevard Place Cafe last night (not quite live-blogging, but I brought a pen and pad). Here are some thoughts, facts, and observations from it: The central focus of the meeting was, of...Read More

A Great Friend Passes in the Battle's Midst

Filed by Chris Douglas | March 04, 2007 | 12:39 PM | comments

(Forwarded today from Mark St. John, Indiana Equality's lobbyist.) State Senator Anita Bowser (D-Michigan City) passed away peacefully in her sleep at 6 a.m. today (Sunday, March 04, 2007) from a private battle with breast cancer at the age of...Read More

Coulter calls John Edwards a "Faggot", shines as conservative star

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 02, 2007 | 6:33 PM | comments

Y'all know how Republicans whine so much about how reliably Democratic GLBT folk are? Well, maybe it has something to do with the Conservative Movement's sweetheart. Ms. Coulter said:I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic...Read More

Cuba passes US in gay rights?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2007 | 1:53 PM | comments

Okay - you gotta see this. This would mean, what, Mexico, Canada and even CUBA would recognize our relationships - but not our own government... When it comes to gay rights, is Cuba inching ahead of USA? From USA Today...Read More

A red-state fundamentalist Christian hillbilly

Filed by Bil Browning | March 01, 2007 | 6:52 AM | comments

A reader sent in the link to this column in the Hartford Courant. It's written by a straight female columnist and she ruminates on some of the reactions she gets to columns about the LGBT community. As the reader wrote,...Read More