This is what I tell people when they ask why we can’t just agree to disagree. Because I wouldn’t have agreed to disagree with people on segregation, on slavery, on women voting. These are matters of right and wrong, of equal rights. Not opinions. Not every opinion deserves to be respected, let alone voted for.
We are one day away from election day and most everyone I love and care about is petrified of a Romney/Ryan administration. We’ve stumped, we’ve donated, we’ve made calls. The community has come together in an unprecedented way and drawn a line in the sand with their friends and family: a vote for them is a vote against me. Tomorrow will come and go, and whether we win or not, we will have to face those who voted to elect a homophobe, a man who has promised to enshrine discrimination into our government, both by policy and by nominating right wing zealots to the Supreme Court.
Here is my last plea, because most of you have already voted, or know who you will vote for. Do not tell me if you voted Romney. Just keep it to yourself, because having that information will not only cause me to question your intelligence, but more so, will solidify how much I don’t mean to you. For those who fit into the friends/family category, that is information I would prefer not to know.
Truthfully, my social circle has been built around zero-tolerance for Republicans. I cannot bridge the gap between people who want to be friends, yet vote to destroy my family and the families of my entire community. Period. I had no problem ten years ago letting go of a childhood friend who said “she loved me, but not my homosexuality.” That she “respected” my relationship, but didn’t believe that we should be able to be legally married.
And yes, let’s talk about the economy. I won’t even bother trying to convince people to do their homework in this arena. But let’s just go with it, you’re voting Romney for the economy. If you’re very rich, you will get to keep more of your money. And I have to say, when this “I love my gay friends, but I’m voting for Romney” sentiment comes from a person of means, it is even more disgusting. It is voting your pocketbook over your conscience. I have friends and family who consider themselves socially liberal but will vote for Romney because they don’t want to pay more than what they consider their fair share. Sure, they believe in a women’s right to choose, gay rights, but it doesn’t mean as much to them as keeping more of what they earned (usually due to starting off their careers with a nice trust fund from daddy, by the way.) Go go ahead and cast that vote, but once again, if you care to keep our relationship intact, don’t tell me about it.
In conclusion, I say this: No, I’m not a single issue voter…but if I was, don’t you think my equality is worth that vote?