Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pressure Stays On From Equality Advocates

The can has successfully been kicked...maybe.  It appears that House Joint Resolution 3 may be a fight two years down the road again...possibly.  If we're lucky, it could be never...hopefully.

Today, HJR-3 is half the resolution it was yesterday.  Gone is the second sentence which referenced, "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals" and said that it, "shall not be valid or recognized."

That has now been deleted.  What remains is this.

"Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana."

Indiana already has a "DOMA-like" law on the books that the General Assembly passed many years ago.  Until that law is off the books and HJR-3 is nothing but a painful memory, equality advocates cannot rest or be settled in Indiana.

When Pickett's Charge collapsed at the Battle of Gettysburg, General George Meade, the Union Commander, did not think his troops were in any condition to go after the retreating Confederate troops.  His decision may have extended the Civil War.  Lee's troops were demoralized.  One of those disappointed in Meade's tactics was President Abraham Lincoln.  He plucked General Ulysses S. Grant from the Western Campaign in 1864 and put him in charge.  While Grant's strategies were brutal, they eventually wore down the South and the war ended in April 1865.

I'm not comparing this fight directly to the Civil War, but the tactics must be the same.  The pressure has to continue, and the move needs to now be towards full equality.  No doubt, this will be a tough fight, but it's a conversation we have to continue to have here in Indiana until the forces against equality cave in.  

It's a fight I'll continue with my words on this blog and with my energies off it on social media.  The letters, notes, and calls made a difference.  Keep them up!  

Republican Ed Clere was the only Republican to vote against HJR6 in 2011.  Abdul Hakim-Shabazz says that Clere said that deleting only the second sentence won't cure what's wrong with HJR3 in 2014.  It will take deleting both sentences.  

The federal government may do it for the forces for equality, but you can't count on it.  The cause continues, and it's not a lost cause.  I'm not a second-class citizen, and it's time that we raise up and tell our legislators that.  The time for can kicking has ended.  It's time to put this one in the trash for good.

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