One of the reasons I asked Cody Hecht to be a guest columnist on this site is that I wanted the voice of a young adult gay person to open our minds to some of the issues affecting GBLTQ youth. As you know, this site is not really political although I express my own views about same sex marriage (pro) whenever an opportunbity arises 🙂 However Cody has written the following post expressing how he feels about the upcoming election in the US, which is definitely political, and that is his right. He has always impressed me as someone who is not afraid to speak his mind. Here’s his opinion piece:
This election is of extreme importance for the future of gay rights in this country. We have two vastly different candidates, one who supports us and one who loathes us. The very future of gay civil right hangs on this election, and that’s why I will be supporting Barack Obama. In this article I hope to convince you that you should too.
It is a sad state of affairs when the issue of human rights is on the ballot in 2012. This should be something that is in the past, but it is not. We have a candidate that is so dangerously against us that he says things like “I didn’t even know you had families” and laughs. He wants to put in the constitution that marriage is only between a man and a woman, essentially destroying the fight for equal marriage rights and any progress that had been made will be wiped out. In every possible situation Mitt has sided against gays, and that man running the country is an absolutely terrifying prospect for me.
Barack Obama has been almost completely the opposite. While I wish he would have done even more to advance the gay rights agenda, I am still extremely thankful for what he has done and said. Obama repealed DADT, and just recently came out in support of gay marriage. He was the first sitting president to do this, which I believe is a huge step towards marriage equality. And he also made it so people could see their same-sex partners in the hospital.
Barack Obama is also a better choice for young people in general. He doubled the amount of Pell Grants and increased the amount of money in student loans. His Obamacare program assures that adult children remain on their parent’s health insurance until they are 26.
Many people agree with Mitt Romney on a myriad of other issues besides gay rights such as tax policy, job creation, the deficit, abortion, etc. While these issues may be of extreme importance to you, I just want you to think of the discriminatory, hateful, evil policies you are also voting for if you cast a vote for Mitt Romney.