Openly gay Indiana House Candidate Andy Markle, who is running for a seat in District 99, has left the Republican Party in disgust after a surprisingly underhanded piece of legislative slight-of-hand on the part of Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma. This, after weeks of shenanigans from Markle’s fellow Republicans aimed solely at passing a ban on gay marriage in the state of Indiana.
Republicans twisted the knife shortly before Markle’s actions by amending the ban on gay marriage to include the elimination of all rights – including civil unions and any other state-level legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
The ongoing saga of the proposed ban on gay marriage has been repeatedly punctuated by controversy as any pretense of representing the will of the people or even adhering to a semblance of the democratic process has been hurriedly abandoned. Republicans in Indiana have shown that their intent is to pass the ban as law, and the legislative process along with any other legal trappings are to be considered merely formalities toward this end.
Markle is the director of GOProud, an organization dedicated to furthering conservative ideals in conjunction with the support of the LGBT community. He has put a lifetime of effort both professionally and personally into furthering the cause of equal rights only to see his fellow Republicans demonstrate an absolute contempt for the community Markle champions. Markle remarked “I am not leaving the Republican Party, the Republican Party has left me.” Markle clearly felt this venom was aimed at him directly, rather than the community into which he was born.
Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma has been attempting to push a proposal to ban gay marriage as a referendum before the people after failing to ram it through the legislature in 2011. After Bosma discovered a pending vote of rejection in a committee he appointed to investigate the feasibility of putting the measure up for a referendum, he quickly moved the proposal to another committee which he determined would pass the measure.
This hunting for a desired outcome on the part of Bosma demonstrates a sickening disregard for the spirit of the legislative body of which he is a member. Andy Markle found he could no longer defend the actions of the Republicans in Indiana as they march ever toward their dream of a fascist state. Markle plans on continuing to run for the legislature, now as an Independent.
It is not surprising that Markle left the Republican party given the party’s penchant for slitting its own throat.
Read more about the Hoosier state of mind regarding gay rights here.