With nearly 70 years of experience on Capitol Hill between them—as well as leadership on the Senate and House Committees on Foreign Affairs—Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton modeled an Indiana approach to government for the nation and the world: even-keeled, pragmatic, bipartisan, and wise.
“There is a Midwestern calmness, a stability of outlook, very well exemplified by Dick [Lugar] and many, many others, that goes over well in Washington,” says longtime Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton.
The president of Citizens for Community Values of Indiana argues that sexual orientation and gender identity should not be protected classes.
“The main problem with this [legislation],” says Mangan, “is that it’s creating legal tension between legitimate constitutional and human rights versus behavior-based groups that want to achieve a special status in the law.”
The veteran party organizer and former Freedom Indiana campaign manager breaks down the state’s recent history of culture-war political debates, and why she thinks our Civil Rights Law needs updating now.
“Right now, in the majority of the state, if somebody wanted to hang up a sign that says, ‘No Gays,’ or whatever other term they decided to use, they could do that and be completely within the law.”
Should sexual orientation and gender identity stand beside protected groups like race and disability in the state’s Civil Rights Law? The executive director of the Indiana Pastors Alliance says ‘no.’
“The LGBT worldview and the Judeo-Christian worldview are opposites. When you try to reconcile sexual license with religious liberty, those two things don’t go together.”
Should the state’s Civil Rights Law include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity? Freedom Indiana’s campaign manager certainly thinks so. Here’s why.
“It’s not a Republican or a Democrat issue. It’s a fairness issue. I think Hoosiers want to be known as fair, because we are fair."
It has been 10 years since Indiana adopted Eastern Daylight Time, an issue Hoosiers debated for decades. But as we prepare to ”fall back” this month, a former schoolteacher in Carmel leads a coalition of activists who think we ended up in the wrong time zone—and that children are suffering as a result.
If time is relative, as Einstein taught the world a hundred years ago, then it is particularly so in Indiana.
More than just a statement piece.
United State of Indiana flies its colors.
Over the weekend, opponents of the state’s newly enacted ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ in Indianapolis marched from Monument Circle to the Capitol in protest.
On Saturday Indianapolis protestors ("thousands," according to some estimates) marched from Monument Circle to the Statehouse. Photographer Darryl Smith was on hand to capture the rally.