I have lived in Fort Wayne for nearly 40 years. This is where I raised my three daughters, took care of multiple foster children and many lost youth found shelter and love throughout the years.
Where I was not always able to provide material things to my girls or the other children whom I have been blessed to be a part of my life over the years, I have always worked to instill the idea to value every person just as they are. I remember telling my girls when they were about 4, 6 and 8 that it did not matter whether your friends are black, white, purple or covered in polka dots, you should treat them as you would want to be treated.
My youngest daughter has worked her entire adult life to advocate for those often overlooked, and I am proud to say she graduated from college a few years back. My middle daughter, who has her degree in English, has given me two beautiful grandchildren, and she and her husband live every day to instill those same values in their children that I have in her.
My oldest daughter has her master’s degree in counseling and works with troubled youth in our community. She and her partner just recently purchased their first home, and their adopted daughter Jenny has blessed them with two spirited grandchildren.
It amazes me that in this day and age I have to worry about my kids in the real world, a world that is already challenging enough without passing such hateful and unfair legislation as HJR 3. I already worry daily about their safety. Why would we even consider adding validity to discrimination when education is the answer?
I beg of you to please end this now. If this actually gets passed by the state Legislature, I will be worried about my girls being attacked daily. If we allow this battle to go on it will be on every television station, every billboard and every person’s mind. Area legislators, please end this now. Vote no on HJR 3 and allow an old woman some peace of mind.