Indiana is shamefully one of just five states without a law expressly outlawing hate crimes. Sadly, Republicans at the Statehouse have failed to protect Hoosiers. As a member of the Jewish community, as well as the mother of a gay son, I have spent hours at our Statehouse watching as Sen. (Mike) Delph and other Republican legislators continually blocked our attempts to get a hate crimes bill passed.
After anti-Semitic graffiti was plastered across a Carmel synagogue, Gov. Eric Holcomb stepped out of the backroom and said it was time for the passage of a hate crimes law. If, as a state, we want to attract the best and the brightest, we have to send a message that they’ll be safe and welcome here.
However, following a recent Community Solidarity Gathering in support of the Jewish community in Carmel, Sen. Delph told a TV reporter that “now is not the time to talk about a hate crimes bill.” So, I am asking Sen. Delph: If now is not the time, when is? What are you waiting for? If you truly care about all of your constituents, you will step up and do the right thing. It’s time to stop dragging your feet.
Annette Gross, Carmel