Chris Smith, the gay son of Representative Milo Smith, chairman of the Elections Committee that just passed HJR-3 on to the full House, spoke out in support of the Indiana LGBT community on Facebook last night, expressing disappointment about his father’s actions. Wrote Smith to the Indiana Equality page:
Hello everyone. I am the gay son of Representative Milo Smith, chairman of the Elections Committee that just passed HJR-3 onto the full House. I’m not here to badmouth my dad. I’m terribly disappointed in his decision and beliefs, but he’s not going to change them now if he hasn’t after all these years of knowing I am gay. I am here to support you and my friends who remain in Indiana. They are my extended family.
It’s sickening that a father would vote on something that would have such a negative affect on his own son.
In related news, it looks like passage through the GOP-controlled house is not a sure thing.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A poll of the 100 members of the Indiana House shows 38 plan to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage and 38 plan to vote against it, a newspaper report said Sunday. Thirteen other representatives were undecided how they would vote on the measure and 11 refused to answer the poll, reports The Indianapolis Star. The numbers reveal how support has dwindled for the proposed amendment, which the House approved 70-26 in 2011.
So maybe we still have a chance to stop this thing after all.
Indiana resident Peter Monn talks about what it feels like to be in Indiana as a same sex couple right now:
Of all of the times in my entire life that I have been called names, beaten and degraded, and there are have been thousands, justifying my right for marriage is the most degrading and discriminating thing that has ever happened in my life. The state of Indiana should be ashamed for not being part of the upward movement in our country. This is a proud moment for, not only the United States, but the world. Indiana can be with it, or against it.
When I was younger, and called derogatory names, my mother would tell me: “When you walk down the street, hold your head up high and refuse to be a victim of their oppression.” Today I hold my head up high. And so, after all, I haven’t lost anything. It is the State of Indiana that will have lost. Time will roll on, and gay marriage will be accepted in every state in this nation; of that I am sure. Any historian will tell you that history repeats itself, and we are on the precipice of one of the biggest civil and human rights moments in history. What have we learned from our past? The question is simply: Do you want to drive against the grain or float with the river?
One way or another, this effort will fail, whether it is now or years down the road when the injustice is overturned by a court. But now would be better.