The Indiana Democratic Party is proud of our longstanding commitment to and support for civil rights and equality. As the party of the people, we strongly oppose restriction of opportunity to Hoosiers based on their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background. The Indiana Democratic Party opposes amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage.
We reaffirm our commitment to full enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, as well as to full enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
As Democrats, we believe that older workers are a vital part of the workforce and that the age discrimination prohibition should be enforceable in the same manner and to the same extent as any other discrimination. We also encourage legislation addressing hate crimes that would protect the freedom of all Hoosiers and create tougher penalties for those who infringe, criminally or otherwise, on those freedoms.
We are concerned with accessibility issues for those with disabilities, which include access to the ballot. We also believe that a state Family and Medical Leave Act should be ratified and that meaningful remedies be available when a person is subjected to discrimination and seeks redress under our state civil rights statute.
The Indiana Democratic Party supports the right of every Hoosier citizen of legal voting age to cast a ballot without undue burden, fear or intimidation. We vehemently oppose any politically motivated effort aimed at disenfranchising any voter of our state. Voting should be made easier, not more difficult. Voting is our most precious fundamental right, one that preserves all other rights and that ensures the legitimacy of our political system. To that end, we support the opportunity to vote by mail be afforded to all Hoosier voters.
As Democrats, we firmly oppose the practice of racial profiling as a law enforcement tool. Police stops or arrests should be based on evidence of criminal conduct, not on a person’s demographic or physical characteristics.
We believe that state and local governments, as well as the private sector, should create a truly diversified and inclusive economic infrastructure by making it a priority to buy goods and services from minority contractors. Democratic-led local governments are leading the way across Indiana by diversifying local administrations while encouraging greater participation from women and minorities.
It is inconceivable that in 21st century America we continue to have millions of people living in the shadows, subject to exploitation, not afforded basic human and civil rights. These Americans want nothing more than to share in our nation’s abundance and opportunity. We must work to ensure that all people—without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background—have the opportunity to achieve the American dream. For the sake of current and future generations, it is our duty as Democrats to put an end to any injustices that threaten that goal. In the Indiana Democratic Party, everyone has and always will have a seat at the table.