Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Right Versus Wrong
I had to look far and wide for this particular picture, but I finally found it with Lesley Stedman Weidenbener's story in the Louisville Courier-Journal about the rally Eric Miller and his "nonpartisan" Advance America organization held at the State House yesterday. Standing at the podium is SJR-7's author, Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Wheatfield). Notice the supposed nonprofit organization has its founder's name (and former GOP candidate for governor) emblazoned in big letters on the banner behind the podium just like it did two years ago when a similar rally was conducted. Standing in front of the crowd yesterday, the twice-married and childless Miller said in defense of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, "It's right versus wrong."
"Do you support traditional marriage?" the amendment's author, Sen. Brandt Hershman, called to the crowd. He should have directed the question to himself. Hershman, like Miller, is married for the second time. His former wife, according to the Logansport Pharos Tribune, claims he demanded she abort their unborn child before he filed for divorce.
And how many Democrats joined Miller on the stage yesterday? In every single news account I've read so far, only Republicans have been referenced. In addition to Hershman, I've seen Rep. Eric Turner (R), Rep. Woody Burton (R), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R), and Rep. Bruce Borders (R). Just like all of the "nonpartisan" groups events, there were plenty of Republicans and no Democrats.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Pat Bauer is reacting to yesterday's full-page ad in his hometown newspaper accusing him of playing politics with the amendment. Bauer told the South Bend Tribune the ad will have no impact on whether a vote is taken and "is meant to be a poisonous dart at whoever they perceive as their enemy." "The legislator said his office received few phone calls because of the ad." Bauer took issue with the ad's claim the Democrats lost control of the Indiana House because of his refusal to allow a vote on the amendment the last time Democrats were in control. "He said a paragraph in the ad which said Indiana voters removed him as speaker in 2004 because he blocked a vote on the issue was erroneous." "What happened, he said, is that his party didn't win the majority in the House."