Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Councillor Zach Adamson's Full Letter on Mike Pence

Zach Adamson
The Indianapolis Star published a letter-to-the-editor from City-County Councillor Zach Adamson, but the letter was edited.  I asked Zach to send me the letter.  I now publish it here because the message is important.
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In the Indy Star article dated Saturday September 18, 2012, Congressman Mike Pence calls marriage and family an economic issue. I could not agree more. He also said " Strong families will mean a strong economy." And again, I agree wholeheartedly. 
I must admit that agreeing with Congressman Pence is an entirely new experience for me. What I find even stranger is how he reconciles his longstanding views on families with his new recognition of their economic importance. Congressman Pence has spent his entire political career as a Tea Party favorite focused entirely on social wedge issues. Interestingly, in his run for Governor, he has spent virtually no time at all talking about the social issues on which he has spent his entire career. So I wonder: If Mike Pence is elected Governor, which Mike Pence will we get? 
This is an important question because Indiana needs a Governor who understands the critical role the family plays in a delicate economy. If Pence is to be our Governor, would he listen to the words of Governor Mitch Daniels and call for a moratorium on social issues that distract us from the important and critical task of job creation? Or will he fall off the wagon and revert back to the real Mike Pence?

While the Congressman and I agree that strong, stable families are needed to support a strong and stable economy, we disagree about the wisdom of a Constitutional Amendment excluding some citizens from marriage. Such an amendment would have a far reaching and profoundly negative economic impact on Indiana. 
Our next Governor needs to genuinely understand the critical role that ALL families play in an economy that is balanced on the edge of a knife. Our next Governor should listen—really listen-- to Indiana’s largest employers when they beg our law makers to abandon attempts to enshrine discrimination into our state constitution. Business leaders throughout the State have pointed out that a diverse population is critically important to the State’s business climate. Even our Republican Mayor, Greg Ballard has said pursuing this discriminatory policy is bad for our economy. We need to make Indiana an inviting place not just for the larger, tech savvy companies we long for, but also for the workforce they seek to attract. These workers are not just cogs in an economic engine. They are future citizens of Indiana; our neighbors and future taxpayers. 
This debate has two dimensions, practical and moral. 
Making Indiana a state that is inhospitable to a segment of our population is bad economics. Denying any citizen the equal protection of the law is both un-American and immoral. 
Indiana’s next Governor desperately needs to understand this. 
Zach Adamson
Indianapolis/Marion County
City County Council, At-Large

Thank you to Councillor Adamson for his important letter.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So there ain't much daylight between pence and gregg...didja know that?

IndyDem said...

Actually, there is. While Gregg might favor an amendment, I've met with him and believe he's got room to move on the issue. While Pence has, and will use peoples lives as wedge issue politics will seek out ways to create hardships for the LGBT community. I'd call that a pretty stark contrast.

IndyDem said...

Actually, there is. While Gregg might favor an amendment, I've met with him and believe he's got room to move on the issue. While Pence has, and will use peoples lives as wedge issue politics will seek out ways to create hardships for the LGBT community. I'd call that a pretty stark contrast.

Anonymous said...

What is Adamson's donations towards H.R.C.- A.I.D.S. issues homeless gays. gay vets... or anything else gay for that matter..Adamson is no Harvey Milk and may dream of being one one day...until he does nothing but usees the Gay Flag...Gay Comunity to futher his own political goals..Mayor he shall never be... and it is amazing he even has the job he has...he is a joke and an insult to the Gay Comunity and our city... he does something I am not sure what... people are wise... and can see through the B.S. he needs to step up and work on poverty issues, healthcare, crime and real issues facing our city...as a Gay Vet I rarely seem him helping vets, the eldery or on poverty issues..it is very clear he isa premadona and is all about himself... I mean could one person truly be that clueless...why yes and he is... he is not a leader he is a taker and a joke... wow is that the best the Democrats have... oh wow hows that working for you... no to good and in 2015 it will be a mute point... so keeping patting yourself on the back for doing nothing...

Jon Easter said...

Great to see you put your name with this baseless attack. It's clear you haven't been paying attention much.

Thanks for your service to our country. Too bad that you, who showed so much courage in serving the United States, would attack Councillor Adamson without leaving even a fake name.