One state Senator stood out in the battle over gay marriage in the General Assembly this year. Republican Mike Delph of Carmel fought against gay marriage both in public and in private.
He now has a Democratic opponent, JD Ford, who is openly gay.
Ford appeared at a party sponsored news conference Wednesday to talk about women’s issues but he’s getting noticed because he’s the guy running against Sen. Delph. Gay marriage is an issue in the race.
“I don’t bring it up, you know, they actually bring it up to me.” says Ford. “And what I’m hearing at the doors, Jim, is that folks are so tired of this divisive social issue.”
Delph’s battle against gay marriage and the way the issue was handled by GOP leaders cost him a leadership post this year. At one point in February he said, “I don’t accept the lifestyle of homosexuality. I think it’s wrong.”
He lost his seat assignment and was forced to sit with the Democrats. He tweeted that “many conservatives are tired of liberal to moderate GOP leadership.”
We found Senator Delph playing guitar on his deck in Carmel where he said he was treated unfairly.
“And I think it’s much easier to get positive news coverage when you’re part of the progressive lesbian gay bisexual community,” he said, “than it is if you’re a Christian conservative.”
And that’s an issue in the race, too..
“It’s not really about my personal interests,” said Ford, “unlike my opponent who is in the Senate and who is pushing his personal agenda.”
Yet Delph insists he represents the views of the district. He says he hears that when he goes door to door.
“People are just not vocal on some of these things because they know how subject to attack they would be,” he said, “by sharing their personal beliefs in the public realm.”
Thursday night Delph will be named legislator of the year by the Indiana Family Institute.
He represents a state Senate district that covers portions of Marion and Hamilton Counties. It’s considered to be a Republican district but in the last election Democrats Joe Donnelly and Glenda Ritz carried it.
That means this may be a race to watch in November..