From: Office of the Secretary
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:25 AM
To: #FSSA Central Office
Subject: Lunch with the Chaplain
It's time for FSSA's monthly "Lunch with the Chaplain." Today's guest speaker will be Mr. Curt Smith from the Indiana Family Institute. Mr. Smith will talk about how we can strengthen our families by enjoying various summer events.
Please join us for this event. Bring your lunch and a friend.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Where: Conference
Room 22, first floor IGC-South
Smith runs the Indiana Family Action PAC, in addition to his role as executive director of the Indiana Family Institute. Smith's PAC is backing religious right candidates for mayor in Fort Wayne and South Bend this year. It endorsed only one local candidate in last year's election, Ken Fries, who opposed an openly lesbian candidate for Allen Co. Sheriff. Smith has devoted a considerable amount of his time the past several years lobbying state lawmakers to enact a constitutional amendment which discriminates against Indiana's gay and lesbian citizens. He also was very vocal in his opposition to the enactment of Indianapolis' HRO and opposed Gov. Daniels' EEO policy of non-discrimination towards gays and lesbians as well.
Can someone explain to me why Latham would see a benefit in asking a divisive, anti-gay advocate like Smith to address FSSA employees on a subject as sensitive as families? Does he not understand how offensive Smith's presence would be to employees who don't share his narrow, intolerant and ideological views? How much more damage will Gov. Daniels permit Latham to do to the credibility of his administration before he pulls the plug on the little self-dealing gig he's got going on for himself?
UPDATE: TDW reported that Rev. Latham was a no-show at today's FSSA luncheon with Smith, which was sparsely attended according to the account.