Thursday, September 30, 2010
Credit Where Credit's Due
Well, sometimes I have to take my hat off and say bravo to someone on the other side. Today, that's the frequently-criticized Mayor Greg Ballard and his administration.
Upon hearing the story that a bakery at the municipally-owned City Market may have denied a diversity group's order for cupcakes based upon a moral disagreement with homosexuality, the Indianapolis Star reports that city has launched an investigation into the actions of Just Cookies in the case.
I don't know what the investigation will find, but I have to take my hat off for a moment and say bravo to the folks on the 25th Floor of the City-County Building. This one would have been easy to just let die, but the Mayor and his staff obviously felt the need to stand up and do something in this case.
I'm sure it will attract a lot of detractors on his own side of the aisle. Local attorney and fellow blogger Paul Ogden, for example, commented here after reading this blog's post on the topic that he would be more likely to buy something from Just Cookies in the wake of the incident. Ogden, I'm sure, would tee up the Mayor here and knock him 350 yards down the fairway if he could. That's his prerogative.
In this case, however, I must actually defend Mayor Ballard for doing the opposite of what many GOP administrations might do here. Run for the hills and hide behind some sort of justification that business can do business with whomever it wants for any reason. What Mayor Ballard is saying by his action is that accusations of this type of discrimination in a city-owned property is worthy of a city investigation, and I applaud his actions.
I still disagree with you on almost everything, Mayor Ballard, but you and your administration got this call correct.