This post comes from Indiana Equality President, Kathy Sarris.
Bipartisan co-operation in Washington is a lovely sentiment, it almost sounds as if Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell should be holding hands and skipping up
Pelosi, McConnell, Boehner, and Reid could take lessons from State LGBT organizations in bipartisan cooperation. Indiana is a leading example of what that kind of cooperation can yield.
IE is occupied by liberals, moderates and conservatives pledged to the goal of winning full civil rights.
It isn’t always easy; egos and ideology are checked at the door. The strategies were not always to the benefit of our individual policy beliefs but we forged a coalition built on mutual respect and compromise. Compromise takes courage and discipline. How much easier it would be to denigrate those with whom we disagree. Compromise is necessary to achieve the promise that was made to us as citizens of this country.
When the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus voted to not hear the Marriage Amendment it was proof that bipartisan efforts lead to victories. It wasn’t that the caucus was convinced that we are right it was that they were convinced that the amendment was bad government.
Richard Daley always said “if your right and you lose your dog will still love you”. IE will always develop bipartisan strategies with the intention of winning. When we win, it will be with help from all the segments of a wonderfully diverse LGBT community.