The VP's they choose and the party platforms they put forth will give a good idea about whether Senator Obama is proposing change we can believe in and whether Senator McCain is a maverick.
Some will dismiss the importance of the choice of VP and platform. In reality, both choices could energize the base that Mr. McCain needs or de-energize the base that Mr. Obama is counting on.
McCain is anti-equality as he does not support any of the equality goals. So there is not much hope about his VP pick. For Obama, there is one pick that is not acceptable for the LGBT community... all of us should work to ensure that this person is not selected. See the details...
Democratic Party VP pick
The choices here will indicate whether the party will move closer towards equality.
Will Obama pick former Senator Nunn? This notion raised serious concern from Representative Barney Frank, who said that he "would have a hard time voting for the [Obama-Nunn] ticket" and that he "would be virtually useless in trying to convince other gays and lesbians to support the ticket."
Check out the Don't Ask Sam Nunn Campaign. Tell your friends. Blog about it. This is not the VP we want.
Will Obama pick Senator Clinton to ensure party unity?
Or will he hold true to his own mantra of change and a new way of thinking by picking Senator Russ Feingold, who supports civil rights, including marriage equality? Feingold has also fought to protect our Constitution by being the only Senator voting against the Patriot Act in 2001 and opposing FISA and telecom immunity. Of course, by picking Feingold, Obama would reinforce his support for the Jewish community.
Will the Democratic platform embed the change we can believe in, and, finally, be fully inclusive of transgender issues? Will the platform call the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and make it clear that justice cannot wait and that civil unions are not equal?
Check out this report of what supporting equal rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in the platform could read like. We have made this report available to the platform committee members and writers.
Republican Party VP pick
Will McCain choose former Governor Romney to ensure access to funding? Will he choose former Governor Huckabee, who wants to update the constitution to God's standards? These picks would enrage, among others, LGBT Republicans who, justifiably, mistrust them.
Or will he pick Governor Crist to increase his chances of winning Florida? Mr. Crist is rushing to marry before November. Contrary to certain rumors, he is expected to marry in Florida, not in California.
A maverick McCain could pick a non-politician and a woman, such as Carly Fiorina, who does not have a hard line conservative social agenda.
Will the Republican platform match the anti-equality positions of its leader, John McCain? He opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He opposes hate crimes legislation for our community. He opposes repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. He opposes not only our right to marry the person we love, but even domestic partnerships.
Check out a report on what a pro-equality platform should say. We will keep the report updated with the actual text of the platform.
It is not the intention of this post to guess who could be VP, but to show the importance of the platform and whom not to chose for VP. We hope that Senator Obama will demonstrate, by his VP pick and platform, that he will bring change we can believe in and that in particular he will not choose Sam Nunn. We hope Senator McCain will likewise be a maverick and reject the socially conservative wing of his party.