Monday, October 20, 2008

Getting political

With the election coming up, I am ever more confused as to who should get my vote. First of all I have no idea which candidate cares about the issues I care about because they both just talk in circles. Secondly there are the personal aspects of each candidate that scare me.

Living in Massachusetts it's probably assumed that I am a hard core democrat although my gut instinct is that I am republican. I went in search of a quiz to see where I really stand. Even though I am whole heartedly pro equal marriage rights for all consenting adults, I was very surprised to see that I fall on the democrat side of the graph! I fall right about in the same area as Ghandi.

If you click on the graph you can take the quiz too. See if you really know where you stand.

So, now that I know that I am on the democrat side, does that mean that I really should vote for Obama? If voting for Obama guaranteed that homosexual couples would get the same rights as Chris and I have, I would do it in a heartbeat but sadly I just don't see that happening. Obviously some States are heading in the right direction but does that have anything to do with who is president?


Eva said...

I went and took it too, and I'm in the same quadrant as you, though a bit farther south. I found it a bit disheartening to see all of the candidates in the blue box (apparently, you and I should vote for Nader. Or should have gotten Kucinich elected.

That said, let me mention an argument, based on your expressed opinions, for an Obama vote. The next president will appoint as many as 3 supreme court judges, all of whom, I believe, are currently liberal. If those replacements are conservative, it is likely to affect state level rulings on gay marriage/domestic unions. And, Palin is publicly for a ban on gay marriage. So, I think that of current choices, the best way to support rights for gay couples is to have Obama in office.

that's my 2 cents (you kind of asked!).

E, M, and the Little Man said...

Hi Kerry,
As long as Obama keeps his word, he is going to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which is the main block to us getting federal marriage rights, if he is elected. If this happens, any state that has marriage equality (currently MA, CA and as of a few weeks ago CT) will mean that people will have all of the full rights that you and Chris get. This is HUGE!!!! This also means that if a state has just Civil Unions or Domestic Partnerships (like Oregon), then any gay couple there would have full marriage benefits too. If one gay person in a relationship is a foreign national, they wouldn't have to worry about being deported since that is a federal marriage right!

Thank you for thinking of us. I wish more people knew about this because I think there are a lot of people out there who are fair-minded like you but just don't have a clue that Obama could pave the way for marriage rights for us in this country.

I also heard on the news this morning that Palin is pro writing discrimination into the constitution just like Bush. She would like a Federal Marriage Amendment to make sure marriage stays between one man and one woman.

Kerry Lynn said...

UGH, that is disgusting!

Thank you E and Eva for your points of view. They definitely help.