Sunday, November 04, 2012

Why your voting matters in November - Out and Equal Edition

The question of gay rights in America...Why is there a question of gay rights in America? That is a mad thing to be true. It is also very very conservative. (Hi, Log Cabin Republicans!)

The GOP continues to be hostile to the gay community. Opposing their access to basic rights others have, and condoning bigotry and intolerance...when they can get away with it. (Why can they get away with of this?)

And Romney is so different. He has his own history which can inform us all on how he'll react and handle gay issues, if elected.

Gay marriage.
Back on October 20th, Bay Buchanan, a Romney campaign adviser, makes it clear:

Although campaign officials did not respond to inquiries prior to publication, Bay Buchanan issued a clarification to BuzzFeed this afternoon following initial publication of this story, writing, "Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage." 

Romney will support a FEDERAL constitutional bar on gay marriage. Seems simple enough. He will oppose marriage equality. Just like every Republicans is supposed to do. That is part of what it means to be a Republican. today. Reprehensible.

And be clear, Mitt Romney is the tip of the iceberg of a larger conservative move to prevent gays from having this simple right. Groups like the National Organization of Marriage are working hard to prevent state's from allowing marriage equality, and trying to lay down law to prevent equality from ever being allowed. The more legislative seats they can fill the more they can deny rights. And with Romney in the presidency, they can go much much further.

Gay couples, and their kids.
As governor, Romney failed to show much consideration for gay couples, and their families. When it became necessary to update to reflect that gay couple would need to have birth certificates that reflected the fact that parents were not just a man and a woman, Romney put his foot down. He did not care for having gay families around. It bothered him, and he would not help in the least as governor. He did not want them to have modified certification, or kids in gay families. THAT is Mitt Romney.

And you can add to being hostile to the changes, the fact he then decided to have his office personally review each case where gay couples sought birth certificates. He was a hostile political leader to the gay community.

Romney’s interventions mostly resulted in delays awarding birth certificates for women married to same-sex partners who gave birth. Gay men seeking parental rights were required to take a different route, by obtaining a court order. By law, birth certificates must be issued within 10 days of birth, and in some instances, those deadlines were not met. 

He stood in the way of basic government services, to go after gays. Heck, he was slashing funding and support throughout the state, but paying to do this unnecessary work. That is how bad he was. And it's how bad he will be.

“The children of America have the right to have a father and a mother,’’ Romney said in his prepared remarks. “What should be the ideal for raising a child? Not a village, not ‘parent A’ and ‘parent B,’ but a mother and a father.’’ 
Romney also warned about the societal impact of gay parents raising children. “Scientific studies of children raised by same-sex couples are almost nonexistent,’’ he said. “It may affect the development of children and thereby future society as a whole.’’ 
Romney expressed similar beliefs during a speech in 2005 to socially conservative voters in South Carolina, as he was beginning to be viewed as a serious candidate for president. 
“Some gays are actually having children born to them,’’ he declared. “It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has a right to a mother and father.’’ 
Here's some of the video of this.

This is no friend, he's an opponent. An opponent ready to make use of all the power of the presidency.

We should all be worried about that.

We all need to vote. Because, it wasn't until he left Massachusetts that things improved.

Changes to Massachusetts birth certificates formally acknowledging children to same-sex marriages did not come into effect until after Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, assumed office. 

Republicans are eager to be the anti-gay party.

Think on that.

Republicans are eager to be the anti-gay party.

As such, they try and tar Obama as being pro-gay (Like it's a bad thing.). As noted here:

It's actually a compliment...but it's...supposed to be negative. Well, it is among conservatives. And that speaks so poorly of the conservative movement. Join us, GOP, in the 21st century.

And Obama is willing to run with support of Marriage Equality, unlike the GOP.

From GenJCChristian, the robocall ad in which Obama supports marriage equality (in reference to Washington's Referendum 74).

Hell, Romney and the GOP wouldn't put together an ad to talk positively about gay rights.

There are differences, between Obama and Romney, between Democrats and Republicans.

Look at how Romney looks at gay people. How will he approach the bullying of gays, the mistreatment of gays, basic partner rights, the right to serve in the armed services openly? Their are big differences.

Big differences.

Please, vote for a better America. Let us not go back to a Romney America.

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