Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ain't Too Proud to Beg

Today I write to beg you to vote. If you have the right to vote, please use it. Please.

Today I will be voting with some of my favorite people in mind. Friends who just want to have their love recognized. Friends and students who just want to live and work without having to watch their backs constantly, despite the fact that they are wonderful, talented, educated, people without criminal records who would be nothing but an asset to our country.

Despite the fact that I am fiscally conservative, this election means more to me than just money. Somewhere on Facebook, one of my friends posted a quote that basically asked if fiscal policy was truly more important than fundamental rights of equality.

I live in Maine, one of the four states with gay marriage on the ballot. I am not afraid, in fact, I am proud to say that I will be voting for equality today. With all of the issues that we could be debating and arguing about, why are we spending time arguing about whether two people can love each other and have that love recognized by the government, hospitals, insurance companies, and other places that could give rights to married couples?

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To me, this election is about more than just who wins or loses. It's about the lives that will change depending on the outcomes.

I think it's important that people understand the human element of this election. Lives will change. Maybe not yours, but maybe your neighbor's or your teacher's or your mechanic's or your student's or maybe someone you don't even know.

There are people in my life whose lives will change drastically depending on who wins this election. This is the first time that an election has a direct impact on someone I care deeply about. One of my close friends is affected every day by a policy that, should Obama be elected, could possibly be changed and her life would be a whole lot easier. If Romney is elected, she and her partner would most likely have to move to her partner's country of birth, possibly for the rest of their lives.

So I beg you: please vote. Vote for love. Vote for justice. Vote as if your life could change depending on who wins.

5 comments:

Beth Rowland said...

Equal rights for all people not just some. I'll be voting the same way. I don't want my best friend to be told he's less of a person just because he loves a guy.

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

*applause*

TheTinyHeart said...

I very much hope gay marriage passes in your state!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Serena said...

So well written! The question "is fiscal policy was truly more important than fundamental rights of equality?" is for me the core of where my political beliefs lie, and I think so many people forget that. Or fail to realize that while their actions might not directly them, they directly affect so many other people. I sincerely hope equality wins out today!

lo @ crazy ever after said...

I just love you. So proud of our states. Proud of us, gosh damnit. :)