With next week's "Super Tuesday" primaries set to probably lock in the presidential nominees for each of the parties, those who demand legal equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans people need to make our voices heard.
We can't allow Republicans to pander to their Neanderthal Right -- without pro-LGBT voices saying this is rank bigotry.
We can't allow Democrats to claim that they're for fair play without pro-LGBT voices saying the candidates' failure to endorse our equality is pandering to rank bigotry.
Need the evidence?
"I do believe that marriage is between a man & a woman."
Not Pat Robertson, not Jerry Falwell, but instead,
Barack Obama, during the Senate Debate on the Federal Marriage Amendment
"Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman."
Robertson or Falwell again? Perhaps Ann Coulter? Nope.
Hillary Clinton, quoted in The New York Daily News
And there's more:
"I don't think marriage is a civil right."
Obama during the Illinois Senate debate, 2004.
"I believe that DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act] served a very important purpose. I was one of the architects in the strategy against the Marriage Amendment to the constitution, and DOMA gave us a bright line to be able to hold back the votes that were building up to do what I consider to be absolutely abominable and that would be to amend the constitution to enshrine discrimination."
Hillary Clinton, during her remarks at the YearlyKos Convention
"I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture."
Obama, in The Audacity of Hope
And lest our Log Cabin Republican friends think Republican frontrunner John McCain is someone a pro-gay voter can support in good conscience:
"I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution [to ban gay marriage] than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that’s what we need to do: to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards."
John McCain, quoted in Davidwhitecrain@wordpress.com
Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he supports an initiative that would change Arizona's Constitution to ban gay marriages and deny government benefits to unmarried couples.
Arizona Republic, August, 2005.
Voting is supposed to be an act of citizenship, but when politicians refuse to support full legal equality for LGBT people, they are not treating us as citizens.
Don't allow them to treat our community with this disrespect. Demand otherwise. Please join us at 11 AM this Saturday, Feb. 2nd at 118 N. Clark Street. Help celebrate Freedom to Marry Day 2008.