With little more than two weeks before election day, now is the time to pull out your little black book and contact everyone in it about Barack Obama.
This election is the most important in at least a generation and for LGBT Americans it is even more crucial. We have the chance to play deciding role in electing the most pro-LGBT president in history. And, the difference between Sen. Obama and John McCain could not be clearer.
Allowing McCain to be elected as president would four more years of the kind of anti-LGBT policies that we got from George Bush. Electing Sen. Obama has president opens up the definite chance for us to finally pass an inclusive ENDA and the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and to finally develop a national AIDS strategy.
The Obama campaign's Hometown Pride outreach program offers this suggestion to help you get started talking to friends and family:
Find five people back in your hometown to talk to about Barack and Joe. When you talk with these people, tell them why you personally support Barack. These are your friends and people who know you - tell your own story.
Think about people you're still close to, like family members - but also think about people you might not have talked to in years, like old teachers, mentors and friends.
Here are a few quick talking points:
- supports an inclusive ENDA
- supports the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act
- supports the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
- supports the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act
- opposes state constitutional amendments banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships
- opposes basic civil rights protections for LGBT Americans
- supports the ban on openly gay Americans serving in the military
- opposes gay adoption
- would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v Wade
In short, a vote for John McCain is a vote for discrimination against LGBT people while a vote for Barack Obama is a vote for civil rights for LGBT people.
For more information, read:
Gays Won't Let Friends Vote McCain
No Way. No How. No McCain/Palin.
The LGBT Case for Barack Obama
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