Thursday, November 1, 2012

How To Vote For Equality


Many of Americans may or may not know that some very important votes will be cast in the upcoming election. This Presidential election year is without a doubt one of the most important for equality that has ever been held. Not only are we deciding on who will be the best candidate for those of us in the LGBT community, but for ALL Americans. There will be a lot of confusion (and misinformation) regarding a few of the questions on the ballot with regards to voting for the equality of marriage. To help those who may be a little in the dark about what’s coming up on the ballot, I’ve written this short post. I’ve also made a graphic, which accompanies this post, to make it easier. Here, in a nutshell, are the important equality votes in the four crucial states.

MAINE:
In Maine Vote YES On 1
"Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?"

MARYLAND:
Vote YES on Question 6
If you are a Marylander who supports marriage equality for all loving, committed couples, you want to vote YES on Question 6. “Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs."

MINNESOTA:
Vote NO on Constitutional Amendment.
"Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman." To vote AGAINST the constitutional ban on marriage between same-sex couples. “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?”

WASHINGTON:
Vote Yes (APPROVED) on Referendum 74
If you are a Washingtonian who supports marriage equality for all loving, committed couples, you want to APPROVE Referendum 74. "The legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239 concerning marriage for same-sex couples, modified domestic-partnership law, and religious freedom, and voters have filed a sufficient referendum petition on this bill. This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony."

So, as these last few days come to a head, and as many of us go forward, I ask for your help. I ask everyone of my readers, followers on twitter, and every other social media, to please SPREAD THE WORD. Tweet it, Facebook it, Google + it. Most importantly....VOTE FOR EQUALITY!

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