LGBT Coloradans Get Out The Vote!
November 1, 2010 by Ty Cobb, Director of Global Engagement
I've been in Colorado for two weeks now, and one thing is for certain - there is a lot at stake for LGBT Coloradans on November 2nd. Senator Michael Bennet's campaign against tea party-backed Ken Buck is one of the tightest senate races in the nation.
While Ken Buck believes sexual orientation is a choice that can be treated like alcoholism, Senator Bennet helped pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, voted to move forward with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. It is likely that this race will be decided by a narrow margin of votes, and the Coloradan LGBT community vote will be vital to ensuring that Colorado continues to be represented by an equality-minded senator. Since arriving in Colorado, I’ve been working with the Colorado HRC Steering Committee, as well as the Bennet for Colorado campaign, to get LGBT Coloradans out to vote!
Thus far, we've held a packed LGBT Bennet fundraiser at Hamburger Mary’s; we've coordinated nightly LGBT phone banks, including one at Senator Bennet’s home; we've scheduled hours of door knocking by pro-equality supporters; and we've done outreach at LGBT venues and events across the state. In addition, starting today, we're beginning a Facebook/Twitter initiative to get out the LGBT vote on Tuesday. We're asking Coloradans to: (1) update their Facebook status to "Michael Bennet wants to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. Ken Buck's views are truly frightening. Vote Bennet on Tuesday."; and (2) tweet: Vote @BennetforCO Tuesday, he supports repeal of #DADT & #DOMA. Ken Buck's views are frightening. RT http://bit.ly/9jeKo1 #lgbt #p2 This initiative lets our friends and family know exactly what is at stake with this election. To see how Michael Bennet is fighting for equality in the Senate and reaching out to the LGBT community, see the Bennet for Colorado website and read the recent New York Times Article "Small Efforts Add Up in Colorado Senate Race”.
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