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…because it really does.

Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day.  If you are still unsure of who you are voting, please take the time to know your candidates and their positions on a wide variety of issues.  Here is a very useful side by side comparison on 75 issues.

Know that your vote does matter.  Your vote affects not only you and your family, but all Americans, and, yes, even those around the globe.  You only have to read one of my posts to determine who I will be voting for.  I am voting for the candidate who believes in equality and protecting the rights of all its citizens, not just the few with power.

Furthermore, health care and particularly women’s health has been a central issue this election.  Limiting women’s reproductive rights is a disservice to all of society.  Women’s health is not just important to women, but to the health of their families for future generations.  Access to affordable reproductive health services and information is a fundamental human right.  Women are not the only ones whose human rights are in jeopardy.  The LGBTQ community is at risk for having numerous basic rights neglected.  These issues include marriage equality and discrimination, among many others.

As you head into the polls, please keep in mind the power of your choice.  In addition, carry these wise words from Pulitzer and Tony winning playwright Doug Wrightwith you, knowing it applies to not only gay rights but the basic human rights of many:

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.

 
Recommended Reading
Issue Brief: ASSESSING THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH COVERAGE AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE [Guttmacher]
Presidential candidate comparison: Gay Marriage [Total buzz]
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