I am updating my Facebook cover to reflect the the importance of tomorrow's election for LGBT Americans, and not only Americans, but hope for LGBT people around the world. It could give them great hope that this country, a model of democracy, cares about ALL of its citizen.
There is a clear choice. One party has a platform that institutionalized discrimination. One party has a platform that supports full equality. One party supports the so called 'Defense of Marriage Act' (DOMA) and a constitutional amendment that would make it part of the Constitution. One party calls for the repeal of DOMA and opposes amending the constitution to deny rights and responsibilities to a particular segment of our society.
The GOP is on record to deny LGBT their rights. The Democrats are for marriage equality and protecting the rights of all.
Four states vote on Marriage Equality tomorrow. Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota will go to the polls to decide if civil marriage is available for all. Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, said,"I want to leave my kids a society where everyone's home is protected under the law."
|Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) Maryland|
The first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin, could be elected in Wisconsin. While there are a number of openly gay member of the House of Representatives, this will be the first member of congress voted in by an entire states electorate.
If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered or you love or even care about someone who is, please think carefully about your vote and how it will affect the future of equality for you, your neighbors, your loved ones and every single American.
Please, if you are on the fence, or even leaning right, let this decide which candidate deserves your vote.
One final note: If you identify as Christian, vote on the principals that Jesus spoke, not the values that have been adopted by some followers to exclude some of God's children. Vote to include.
Update: Did I leave out SUPREME COURT APPOINTEES? Yikes!