Something amazing happened in Indiana.
But first, something disturbing happened in Indiana.
A poorly written, communicated, and executed law was passed and signed by the governor. Regardless of intent, the concern created was real. And it tossed the state into a national media storm of criticism, division, and hate.
But while that was happening, something else was happening in Indiana. Hoosiers from different backgrounds, races, religions, and with differing political views came together in love…for their neighbor, their friend, their colleague, their family, and their Hoosier State.
They said, “Hell no!” That even something perceived as discrimination would not be tolerated. Not here. Not now. Not ever.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard stepped up himself, showing courage and leadership, and called upon the state legislature to act.
“Indianapolis will not be defined by this.” –Mayor Greg Ballard
And in ever fewer words, so did the Indianapolis Star.
And in the end, they did fix it. And it won’t define us any longer. Indy welcomes all. And now we’ve got a law that proves it.
For all the history in Indiana (up to and including last week), this week, Hoosiers showed the world who they really are.
They opened some eyes and they opened some hearts, if none other than their own.
I’ve spent the last several years waiting on a nameless politician to come along and inspire me. When all this time, the inspiration I was looking for was all around me. It just took something like this to bring it out.
During one of our darkest times, the hearts of Hoosiers shined the brightest.
And for that, I will always be proud.
And proud to call myself a Hoosier.
Now, let us live happily ever after…
And never speak of this again.