The Indiana Family Institute is organizing a rally for marriage this Monday evening (5:30) at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis. The rally is in response to the City-County Council’s expected passage of Prop #213.
This is an ordinance that undermines Indiana’s marriage statutes by creating an official “domestic partnership” registry, which then provides marital style benefits for homosexual partners of city employees.
Supporters claim that this is merely the extension of benefits. Were that actually true, domestic partnerships would not be necessary. Any employee not covered by a family package could simply designate a beneficiary in his home, this could be his 80-year-old grandmother, an aunt, or his girlfriend or boyfriend. This ordinance is only for those in a sexual relationship, thereby bringing the government into the bedroom. You are not allowed to sign up just anyone. The ordinance has penalties if you’re not actually involved with a beneficiary. I guess the government will knock on your door to make sure your “domestic partner” is actually your bedroom lover. (Has anyone noticed that it is the political left bringing up social issues the most? Conservatives and traditionalists are simply reacting to a liberal social engineering agenda, not the other way around.)
Astonishingly, even though the city faces a $47 million budget shortfall at the end of the year. There appears to be a majority of Council members who want to create this new entitlement with your tax dollars. Mayor Greg Ballard recently vetoed a bill with a smaller, one time, fiscal note concerning council districts. He said that it cost too much during this fiscal crisis. Will the mayor veto Prop. 213 for its higher costs that occur every year; year after year? Who knows? His track record on family values issues is pathetic.
You can email the mayor about vetoing Prop. #213 here.
Speakers at the rally include CL Bryant, a former NAACP leader and Tea Party speaker, Dr. Charles Ware of Crossroads Bible College and Rev. Paul Mooney of Calvary Tabernacle and many others. Your attendance and/or prayers for this event and ordinance are welcome and appreciated.