I've read so many posts online about people voting for Romney, and I wanted to share my thoughts on voting for Barack Obama.
When the economy crashed in 2008, I was laid off from my job in hospitality. The economy was hard on everyone, and luxury travel wasn't on anyone's mind.
Because of my health issues, I have to have insurance. I can't even count the number of hospital visits and doctor appointments I've had in the past few years. When I was laid off, I lost my health insurance. Because I was laid off, I had no income. Because I had a pre-existing condition, I was denied medical insurance. I was more fortunate than some because I was able to obtain health insurance through COBRA for several months while I looked for work, but the COBRA insurance cost over $1200 per month. That's pretty difficult to manage when you're not working and actively looking for employment. Our health care system is fundamentally flawed, and I don't believe that people should be denied healthcare because something was "already wrong with them".
I have many gay friends. Some are people I've known most of my life. My friends are all so dear to my heart, and I can't imagine someone telling them that they don't have the right to love, the right to having a life partner, and the rights that any other partner would have, such as seeing a sick spouse in the hospital.
A friend posted this quote from Playwright Doug Wright, and I have to say I completely agree.
"I wish my moderate Republican friends would
simply be honest. They all say they're voting for Romney because of his
economic policies (tenuous and ill-formed as they are), and that they
disagree with him on gay rights. Fine. Then look me in the eye, speak
with a level clear voice, and say," My taxes and take-home pay mean more
than your fundamental civil rights, the sanctity of your marriage, your
right to visit an ailing spouse in the hospital, your dignity as a
citizen of this country, your healthcare, your right to inherit, the
mental welfare and emotional well-being of your youth, and your very
personhood." It's like voting for George Wallace during the Civil Rights
movements, and apologizing for his racism. You're still complicit.
You're still perpetuating anti-gay legislation and cultural homophobia.
You don't get to walk away clean, because you say you "disagree" with
your candidate on these issues."
I believe everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and I'm just voicing mine. I hope that everyone votes with their head and their heart on election day.