Maybe it’s because I’m from Illinois. Maybe it’s because I’ve only been to a handful of states so I don’t know better. Maybe it’s because I’m not knowledgeable enough. I. Strongly. Dislike. Indiana.
There are two main reasons why I feel this way today. One, which is the less serious of the two, is their advertising approach. The other is their stance on Gay Rights.
Believe it or not, I have actually driven all the way through Indiana on my way to Ohio and not paid a single sent. Not for Gas. Not for Tolls. Not for Food. I still buy some items in Indiana occasionally, or use the toll road when I am in a time crunch, but when I can avoid it, I do.
How does Michigan advertise? With Pure Michigan commercials voiced by Tim Allen. They get me every single time.
How does Montana advertise? With gorgeous pictures that invite you to their state.
How does Wisconsin advertise? With their lakes, dairy and the dells.
How does Indiana advertise? By getting dirty. Their billboards read, “Stillinoyed? No Wonder. A State that Actually Works.” If that’s the case, why don’t you allow your citizens to get married?
They have (or should I say had) a ban on gay marriage. I’m a strong supporter of gay marriage. For one, I support my brother with all my heart and someone telling him he can’t marry the love of his life is absolutely unacceptable. Another reason- We are all human. What does it hurt for him to marry another man?
Yes many states still have to catch up with the rest of society and allow gay marriage, but Indiana takes it a step farther than the ban. If I understand this correctly (please correct me if I’m wrong, I know you will!) the marriage application in Indiana is set up so a man and a woman have to fill it out. There are not places for two males or two females. So if two men or two women go and fill out an application, they are filling it out fraudulently.
According to thinkprogress.com, it is a class 6 felony to fill out a marriage license fraudulently. A level 6 felony for having the guts to stand up for yourself. A level 6 felony to have the same rights as your neighbor next door. A level 6 felony for being yourself. No one chooses to be gay or straight. Did you decide one day I’m going to like boys? Or I’m going to like girls? No.
What will it hurt to have more consenting adults married to each other? Nothing.
GET OVER IT INDIANA.
Well I guess Indiana no longer has a choice in the matter. A federal judge recently overturned Indiana’s ban on gay marriage. According to Fox News “U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young ruled that the law violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.”
Well you know Indiana, this wasn’t you’re doing. I’m not proud of you. I’m happy for your citizens for the chance to celebrate their relationships the same way heterosexual couples do. This was forced on you so I will continue to drive out of my way to avoid paying tolls to your state. I will continue to wait until Ohio to stop for gas and food. I will support you as little as I can.
Am I Stillinoyed? Yes I am. This Illinois resident of 28 years is still annoyed with Indiana. Go Illinois!
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