Wednesday, April 01, 2015


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Source: Pastor Martin Niemöller a German Lutheran pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany.

I'm not going to Indiana. It's a "playing nicely in the sandbox" thing. I'm not gay, but I am beginning to understand what it is to be marginalized. It's an issue of my age and physical handicaps. 

The Indiana situation is deplorable. Amy Johnson Crow reports: The Atlantic has a good analysis of how the Indiana law is different:

My heart and voice are with friends in the LGBT community. It's about mutual respect. This is the 21st century. We are supposed to be enlightened. Equality before the law was something my grandmother's generation fought for vigorously regarding women's rights to vote. I cannot understand why prejudice is actually legislated in this day and age.

Even my very conservative state of Utah came up with middle ground legislation acceptable to both the conservative religious majority and the LGBT community.

I stand with the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists who shared this via email to members yesterday:"APG takes the potential discrimination against any of our members very seriously and believes that discriminating against one of our members discriminates against all of our members."

The best way for non-residents of Indiana to "vote" is with their pocketbooks. That's why I'm not going to Indiana for an APG Professional Management Conference in 2016.

Let's just play nice together in this sandbox called life.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  2. My daughter usually tolerates my interest in genealogy. But, recently, we tracked down my wife's g-g-g grandfather's history. He was the legislator in Indiana Territory that cast the tie breaking vote that determined that Indiana would NOT be a slave state. She has become very indignant as to what the current legislature has done with the legacy that her g-g-g-g grandfather established for the state - one of human value.

  3. DearMRTLE,

    I think that " It's about mutual respect. This is the 21st century." is the bottom line. You blogged about Ferguson and now Indiana. From my view point, it's the same issue. "Respect".

    A Church leader, friend of mine, brought is through this topic 30 years ago. One of his colleagues was brought up on charges, with the church for their stance on the current topic.

    Here in the 21st century, I guess I had hoped the we could learn that respect of each other. The flurry of emails I saw over the past day or two, within the Genealogy community is disheartening.

    We each have our views on the topic and I accept that, but what about those who are impacted by what we say. That church leader was inside a Church, with several hundred people, in a celebration, with protesters outside and he had a number of threats on his life before, during, and after that celebration. I was inside that church while the protesters were outside.

    I hope that the people involved with what is going in Indiana, will think about one word, RESPECT. How does the law that is being discussed today, impact people.

    I support DearMYRTLE in her posting, Thank You, and what I have read from the Leadership of the APG.


  4. Thank you for being open minded and brave enough to voice it. I am not gay either but I believe in equal respect for all human beings! Equality will truly exist for all of us only if we continue to voice our support for what is right. Thank you again, Suzanne

  5. Thank You Dear Myrtle and Cousin Russ. It's all about "Mutual Respect". Thanks for Ferguson and now Indiana! I'm with you!

  6. It seems we can do a better job of learning how to get along with each other. Treating others as we hope to be treated is the best, time-tested way I know. Legislating an option to discriminate is not. Thank you for your thoughtful post and kudos to APG.

  7. I don't blame you at all. I have never been more embarrassed of where I live.

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  9. Well stated! I have expressed myself personally as a member of APG and as the President of the New England Chapter of APG in support of their position statement. Let's try to be optimistic about how the Indianan State Legislature will "fix" this. It seems that money talks rather than the humanity. We are witness to a powerful and non-violent uprising that is taking place and, hopefully, will be successful.

  10. Thank you, DearMyrt, for this post.

    The Michigan State Legislature's so-called "leadership" is working hard to do the same thing as done by the Indiana Legislature.

    Some of our journalists are asking, if the purpose of the legislation is not to allow doing harm in the guise of religious freedom, what is the intention?

  11. I believe the best way for a non-resident to register a complaint is with his pocketbook.

    This isn't just about the PMC.

    It's about discrimination against anyone "different" who may walk to and from the PMC.

    I'm not planning to spend a single dollar in Indiana or any other place that openly legislates discrimination.

  12. Earlier today, George Takei posted on his Facebook page, in part, the following about an amendment to the RFRA that was signed into law today:

    "The amendment states specifically that the law does NOT authorize anyone to refuse to provide services, facilities, public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing to anyone on the basis of certain characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity. While this is not the comprehensive anti-discrimination bill many want, it remains historic because it is the first time in Indiana state history that sexual orientation and gender identity appear within the context of a law concerning non-discrimination in that state. I am confident that Indiana ultimately will join many other states to specifically protect LGBTs from discrimination, and I call upon the Indiana legislature to take that next important step."

    The dollars and the boycotts made a difference. This isn't a perfect solution, but it's in the right direction.