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Thumbs up: Rally for equality

Adding to the slew of statehouse protests last week, the

Equality for all Hoosiers rally on Monday afternoon brought several hundred

demonstrators in public opposition to a constitutional amendment banning

same-sex marriage. The legislation, which attempts to define marriage as

between a man and woman and ban recognition of civil unions and domestic

partnerships, has already passed the House, pushing it closer to enactment than

in previous attempts. Good news is, amendments are slow: even if it passes,

we've got 'til 2013 or '14 to keep living in sin.

Thumbs up: Slam dunk for Big 10 Tourney

This past weekend's Big Ten tournament rewarded Indy for its

Midwestern hospitality with a healthy economic boost. Officials from the

Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association estimate that more than 86,000

fans dropped roughly $8 million over the course of the weekend. Bidding for

hosting duties will soon reopen as Indianapolis' five-year contract runs out in

2012. Here's hoping the promise of such tasty revenue is incentive enough for

Republicans not to pass alienating legislation like the same-sex marriage ban

and anti-immigration bill.

Thumbs down: Evan Bayh: home at last

Fox News announced Monday that former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh

has officially signed on to join the network as a commentator and political

analyst. We're not surprised. After his decision last year not to seek

reelection, Bayh became an East Coast lobbyist. In his defense, Bayh said he'd

offer a Democratic viewpoint to "the most widely watched news network," citing

a poll that found 38 percent of Dems tune in at least occasionally. But doesn't

he know that's just for entertainment value? Good luck behind enemy lines,

Senator — though toward the end there, we weren't so certain whose side

you were on anyway.

Thumbs up: Philanthropy to the rescue

With all the talk about cuts to government programs in the

social welfare sector, it's great to see local philanthropists stepping up.

Lawrence M. Reuben, in partnership with Central Indiana Community Foundation,

announced this week he would donate $8 million from the estate of his late

parents, Sara I. Reuben and Albert G. Reuben, to 13 Indianapolis-area

non-profits. Proceeds include a half-million each to the Humane Society of Indianapolis

and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and a cool million to the

Immigrant Welcome Center.


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