Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Indiana First Lady's Sweet Tweet Impossible for Some LGBT Couples

Indiana First Lady Karen Pence sent out a sweet tweet on Tuesday. 

It’s a picture of her and her "forever escort" Governor Mike Pence walking in to the Third Annual First Lady’s Luncheon hand-in-hand.

Any way you slice it, the Pences seem to be a happy couple, and Karen Pence has succeeded in sinking in to the background as her husband has settled in to the Governor’s Office.

Still, as a member of the LGBT community, I can’t help but be a little jealous. While it’s perfectly legal in Indiana to marry the person I love thanks to the Supreme Court decision on marriage, it’s also perfectly possible that if I lived in another community outside of Indianapolis that does not have an ordinance protecting me from being fired for being gay that I could be fired for tweeting out a picture of me and my spouse walking in such a manner.

Thus, the cute and sweet picture becomes a little galling in that context especially when it’s Governor Pence that’s one of the key roadblocks to progress.

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