We have just had an important victory in Indiana: HJR-3, the proposed legislation that would encode homophobic discrimination into the state constitution, failed to emerge through today's senate session in its original form, meaning it will absolutely not be on this November's ballot. The rights of same-sex couples will not be put to a vote, subjected to the tyranny of the majority; there is no chance the state constitution will be changed this year; queer advocacy organizations will not be obliged to spend limited resources trying to defeat a ballot initiative; we won't have two layers of discrimination to unwind to achieve legal same-sex marriage in the state.

I am sobbing with relief. And I am having all the feelings about this t-shirt that Jeff Kuhn tweeted earlier today:

image of a thin white man wearing a red t-shirt with the outline of the state of Indiana and text reading 'This is HOME'

I have said, once or twice or a million times, that it is some demoralizing shit when progressives in blue(r) states tell progressive activists in red(der) states that we should just move. Fuck that. It's because we all haven't moved, because we show up, because we shout and protest and demand to be represented, that there wasn't enough support among the senate Republican caucus to advance this bill today.

This is my home. And I am not going anywhere.

[From the Archives: This Is What My Home Looks Like.]

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