Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Donnelly Votes to Reaffirm DOMA
LGBT Hoosiers had concerns about Brad Ellsworth's stance on their issues during the 2010 Senate race, and it appears that they will have even more concerns with Joe Donnelly, the 2012 frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for Senate.
Donnelly voted to reaffirm the Defense of Marriage Act last week after North Carolina Republican Virgina Foxx slipped the amendment in as a rider on a defense spending bill. Nineteen Democrats (including Donnelly) voted for the Foxx amendment and six Republicans voted against it.
Once again, the Indiana Democratic Party has anointed a candidate with sketchy views on issues important to key constituency groups. There's plenty of room under the Democratic Party tent for Joe Donnelly, but it doesn't mean that myself or any other D's have to vote for him.
Hopefully, I will have a chance to meet with Congressman Donnelly on the campaign trail and look him in the eye on this issue. I was able to do that with Congressman Ellsworth, and I became supportive...even passionately supportive of his campaign. My first impressions of Donnelly so far certainly have not been impressive.