As we reported earlier, a few Indiana (mainly republican) lawmakers are pushing forward SB344 a political expedent bill which excludes transgender rights.
A lot of use harking back to the days of Barney Frank and HRC (gay) support immediately thought oh, here we go again their throwing us under the bus. But times have indeed changed. LGBT Hoosiers came out in force Saturday in a show of support for trans inclusion in legislation but more so, to protest the lawmakers who feel it’s their job to exclude and demonize the T.
From the Four Words and a comma statement.
The Indiana Constitution states that “………That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” However, as we have seen in Indiana, this is not really the case.
SB100, SB35, SB66, and SB344 are not in the best interests of LGBT Hoosiers. SB35, SB100, and SB344 are all direct attacks at the transgender community. SB100 would, among other things, override the hard-won city ordinances as well as make it difficult for LGBT families to adopt children.
SB66, which is being introduced by Sen. Michael R. Young (R-Indianapolis), proposes that the current RFRA law be repealed…..and he is going to introduce Senate Bill 66 – which is a stricter and more stringent law than the current RFRA.
SB344 is the most recently proposed bill. Written by Sen. Travis Holdman, the bill would offer civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, and bisexual Hoosiers – but NOT transgender citizens. This is totally unacceptible!!!!
Right now Governor Mike Pence is “studying” whether or not he believes that LGBT Hoosiers should enjoy the same FULL equal rights as other Hoosiers. He is supposed to give us his answer at his State of the State address on January 12th. Just as he did when interviewed by George Stephanopolous, Pence can’t answer a simple question. What will his answer be?
The Indiana Legislature begins their session today. Please join this grass-roots group to let our legislators know that enough is enough – the LGBT community has suffered enough indignity and disrespect. We DEMAND full equality now!