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Disappointed....

Indiana is where I grew up. Indiana is known for basketball, growing corn, and having crazy weather.

The Indiana Senate and House both passed a legislation bill, SB101. This bill would allow business owners to say no to providing services for same-sex couples. The House passed the bill 63-31 on March 23rd. 

According to the Indy Star Press, Governor Pence stated, "The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact," he said. "I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk."

I am so disappointed that Governor Pence is leading Indiana back in time and into discrimination.

I feel like voters often turn a blind eye to individual candidates in the election and just vote straight party. We now need to look at what our elected officials are doing to represent voters.... are we okay with discriminating against others for any reason? 

Will we return to discriminating against women? African-Americans? Buddhists? Muslim? Catholics? Red-heads? Will segregation make a comeback?  

Yes those are extreme examples, but not so far off the mark. I thought progress was moving toward acceptance, tolerance, and equality.

I just do not understand why the representatives feel like it is okay to hide behind their religious belief systems. One should not pick and choose which parts of their religion they want to acknowledge.

People will always have different opinions.That is their right and it is one thing that makes us who we are as a country, but to have a law saying it is okay to discriminate is not the answer to anything. 

You are making excuses for people to hate others and cutting off another groups rights. We are setting our children up to continue the hate that was started years ago when it was men vs. women or black vs. white. 

We need to teach acceptance, love, courage, sympathy, empathy, and friendship to our children.

I am so disappointed in the Indiana State Government. I hope this legislation is not a true representation of the people who live here in Indiana.

I am truly saddened on how this legislation could negatively effect potential economic growth from future businesses, people choosing to move to our state, and the national perception of Indiana.  

This is a time for Indiana voters to take a look in the mirror and re-evaluate who you chose to represent you and the state of Indiana.

"When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself."-Earl Nightingale

Until next time,

Kara





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