From: Greg Dinkins
To the editor:
I cannot believe Indiana’s decision to not recognize the legal marriages that were performed under legal laws in place at the time they were performed. In my opinion this whole issue relates to the issues we have endured in the past.
Slavery was abolished during President Lincoln’s administration. Civil Rights reform was fought for in the ’60s and it was decided that all are created equal. Thus a marriage between two different races was legal. A local legend, J. Irwin Miller, was 100 percent behind the black equality movement and I think he would be absolutely appalled by the lack of consideration this state has given the gay rights decisions made by Indiana and Gov. Mike Pence.
State after state has approved same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court has certified those state decisions as legal. The state’s largest companies/employers have embraced this equality issue. Yet the Indiana Legislature refuses to recognize that all people are created equal.
It will be only a matter of time until the Supreme Court makes the decision to recognize the legal rights and shared benefits of same-sex married couples. Why do the people of Indiana (elected officials) fail to see that equality and the freedom to choose your partner regardless of race, creed or gender is what is right?
If I were in the state Legislature I would like to be one to support what is right rather than what is popular with the voters.
I was born and raised in Indiana but lived in the south for a number of years. I have seen the slow process of acceptance for different beliefs but I witnessed the acceptance of different beliefs over time. I have been confronted, because of my beliefs for equality for all, with members of the Ku Klux Klan. I am ashamed to admit this radical movement was founded in Indiana. The same scenario is now on the table for same-sex marriages.
I really hope that the Hoosier state gets its head out of the sand and accepts the fact, indeed, all are created equal.