I grew up in a conservative Christian household and was often told as a child gay and lesbian people were “missing something.” Then I had believed that “something” was the love of God, but as an adult I have realized it was the same protections and rights as straight married couples. I love Fort Wayne, which I have called home for my entire life. It is here I have grown up, been educated and started a career at a local insurance company.
Unfortunately many of my gay and lesbian friends who have dearly loved this city have found they must leave so they may live in a state that recognizes them as full citizens. Friends who have left to seek acknowledgement from their states are engineers, marketing specialists, nonprofit employees, veterans, nurses and educators.
As a young professional who has stayed because I believe in our state, I would like to see other young professionals stay and come to Indiana. It is hard to tell my friends living in other states (where their love is protected and celebrated) the advantages of moving to Indiana.
Please do not make Indiana a dying state where it is impossible to recruit both straight and gay young people. As a young professional and future community leader I respectfully ask our state Legislature to vote no on HJR 3.