Next Debate is Your Turn to Weigh In
October 12, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
October 16 is our opportunity to ask the candidates to address the LGBT community, which has yet to come up in the debates.
CNN joined Google to crowdsource questions for Tuesday’s town hall debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates will give the CNN debate moderator Candy Crowly a selection of the questions submitted.
Help us get the candidates’ starkly different positions on LGBT equality on record.
President Obama supports marriage equality – the first sitting president to ever do so – and has directed the Department of Justice to stop enforcing the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” supports and inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and has tackled bullying in schools head-on.
Mitt Romney wants to walk back equality for LGBT Americans and write discrimination into the books. He supports a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution that wouldn’t only ban marriage between loving, committed same-sex couples, but would even legally divorce same-sex couples already legally married. He feels that ENDA would be a burden on employers. And his anti-LGBT track record includes donating at least $60,000 to explicitly anti-LGBT causes and signing NOM’s extremist marriage pledge.
Submit your questions and vote on others, and tune into the debate on Tuesday, October 16.
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