QUESTION: Why Are You Voting For President Obama?

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With the presidential election just days away, LGBT Americans are pretty firmly in the Obama camp. A Logo TV-Harris Interactive poll from August indicates 67% of gays are voting to keep the President in office (compared to 23% opting for Romney-Ryan).

What we want to know from those of you that are casting your ballot for the Commander in Chief, is why?

Are you confident in his ability to enact policies that will help the LGBT community? Do you approve of the measures he’s taken to improve the economy? Was it the Affordable Health Care Act

Why are you voting for Barack Obama in the presidential election?

that tipped your hand? Or is it just that he’s not Mitt Romney?

Voting is a solitary, anonymous act—one that can sometimes feel meaningless—so we’re giving everyone a chance to speak about the “whys” of their choice. (Romney voters, and we know you’re out there, will get a opportunity to comment tomorrow.)

March into the comments section and sound off!

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  • Red Meat

    Why would anyone vote for a Mormon for president? Might as well vote for Tom Cruise the Scientologist.

  • jerry_pritikin

    Because I’m 75 years old and I’m not into pain! A Romney/Ryan win would make the Bush/Chaney Years look like Liberals…

  • Atomicrob

    I am voting to reelect Presudent Obama because he is a fair-minded, smart man who reacts sensibly to the challenges he faces as our leader. Secondarily, he is an advocate for the LGBT community and we really need a national figure to stand with us.

  • Atomicrob

    I am voting to reelect President Obama because he is a fair-minded, smart man who reacts sensibly to the challenges he faces as our leader. Secondarily, he is an advocate for the LGBT community and we really need a national figure to stand with us. Our progress toward marriage equality will reverse sharply if the Romney-Ryan ticket is elected.

  • Dumdum

    Queerty CLAIMS to be be free of an Agenda Except that Gay one. THEN WHY AM I LOOKING AT AN AD FOR ROMNEY RIGHT NOW????????? It even says paid for by Romney. I would encourage EVERYONE to unsubscribe from this RAG. Whether they are taking money from them or not. Journalism and journalistic integrity is important. To promote AN ANTI-GAY politician on a GAY BLOG is in very bad taste.

  • Dumdum

    VOTE FOR JILL STEIN!!! F**k Obama, f**k Romney, and f**k Queerty.

  • Dumdum

    Queerty just re-posts everything from the Huffington Post Gay section. The ONLY advantage here is the comments section. So if you queens what to continue to support this sell out shame great. I hope you ALL burn in hell!!!

  • Scott Gatz

    @Dumdum: I can assure you that we do are not taking advertising directly from any political candidate (Romney or Obama). We use Google to fill in our ads when we haven’t sold any and it’s clear that you are getting an ad targeted from them.

  • Wilberforce

    Because Romney would continue the tax cuts and deregulation which wrecked the economy in the first place, and which the republicans have sold for thirty years. It would turn the recession into a depression.

  • hyhybt

    @Dumdum: Huffington Post has a comments section, if knowing that makes you happier.

    I’m voting for Obama for a variety of reasons. I believe him to be honest, at least as much as any high-level politician is allowed to be. And I more nearly agree with him on *every single issue I’ve been able to find* than with even the most favorable version of Romney.

  • GreenmanTN

    I’m voting (in fact have already voted) for President Obama in part due to his record on gay rights but that is FAR from the only reason. I might not support Obama in every particular, the “small print” details, but generally I support his policies on national security, immigration, health care reform, taxation, the place of religion in public policy (none),and regulation of the banking industry and Wall Street.

    There is indeed “class warfare” in this country. It’s been waged since 1980 when Ronald Reagan took office and it’s been waged from the top down. Middle Class incomes have been stagnant for 30 years while more and more of the wealth in this country has been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. The division between “haves” and “have nots” in the US is unlike any other Western industrialized nation, it more resembles a 3rd World country in its division.

    And that’s what the Republican party wants more of. The inevitable result of their fiscal policies is to reduce this country to beggars and financial elites with very little in between. And Mitt Romney would just be more of the same if not worse.

    And even if I *did* agree with Romney’s policies (a cold day in hell) I still would not vote for him due to his attitude towards gays. Unlike the warped GOProuders and Log Cabin Republicans I will not vote for a politician who views me as sub-human, unworthy of rights, dignity, and respect. To vote for someone like that is to enable them, to become complicit in their religious and social agenda and that I will not do.

  • brent

    @Wilberforce: So instead we should vote for Obama who believes in the ideas of John Maynard Keynes. Keynes was proven a failure By FDR in the 1930s, his ideas won’t work any better today.

  • brent

    @GreenmanTN: Class warfare was started by Obama not Reagan. The difference betweeen the two is that Reagan believed in creating new wealth, where Obama doesn’t believe it’s possible to create new wealth, you just take existing wealth and move it around. That will end in failure just like it did in the 30’s under Roosevelt. As for not voting for someone who views you as sub-human, that means you could not vote for most black or hispanic people.

  • GreenmanTN

    @brent: Brent, you’re a FOOL. Take a look at income distribution over the past five decades and see when salaries for the middle class stopped growing. The 1980s. That was when the GOP sold the sheep in this country the idea of “trickle down economics.” The entire IDEA of it is that if you make the wealthiest even wealthier then EVENTUALLY it will trickle down to the rest of us. Did that happen? Not only no but FUCK NO!

    And THAT, you brain-dead POS, was class warfare.

  • brent

    @GreenmanTN: I remember inflation was so high in 1980 people ate dog food. By the end of the 1980s inflation was so low people were able to own things like VCR’s and microwave ovens. I don’t remember the 80s being that bad. It seems people had more money at the end of the 80s. Besides i don’t understand how you can grow the private sector by raising tax’s and regulations on business.

  • chronohart

    I’m NOT voting for Obama; I’m voting for Gary Johnson. I refuse to follow the herd and vote for the lesser of two evils when there’s a perfectly GOOD candidate available.

    I fully realize that he’s not likely to win since he’s not one of the Big Two, but if we want to change the system, we’ve got to start somewhere. I’ve managed to convince 4 or 5 people to change their vote just by bringing him to their attention. Some were pro-Romney and some were pro-Obama, beforehand.

    Check him out! There’s still plenty of time. GaryJohnson2012.com

  • AxelDC

    George W. Bush took over in 2001 with a nation in peace and prosperity. We had record surpluses, a booming stock market, and no wars. Eight years later, after he let this nation be attacked on 9/11, he left a nation bankrupt, mired in 2 wars, a stock market worth 50% of when he took office, and an economy losing 750,000 jobs a month and posting -9% GDP.

    Within 6 months, Obama had turned the economy around. We’ve had 3 years of positive growth, growing employment, declining deficits, and a stock market at record heights. He has ended the wars, repealed the antigay DADT, made health care affordable, and, of course, endorsed gay marriage.

    The only argument for Romney is that Obama hasn’t cleaned up Bush’s messes fast enough. A vote for Romney is a vote for a return to the ugly Bush years of deficits, recession, wars and homophobia.

  • hyhybt

    @brent: You couldn’t get a much worse basis for judging inflation in the 80’s than the cost of VCRs and microwaves, both of which came of age, so to speak, during that decade. Both were vastly cheaper in dollars and cents, never mind adding in inflation, in 1989 than in 1980.

  • jeff4justice

    We LGBTs think it’s so awful that Ted Olson helps us fight Prop 8 in court while he also tries to help anti-LGBT people win.

    We’re just as hypocritical for not being principled in voting for supporting alternative party options like Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, or Rocky Anderson who HRC praised when he was mayor of Salt Lake City.

    Obama is like Ron Paul – he think marriage is an issue left up to states. He only came out and supported marriage equality after major polls showed the majority of Americans are in favor. He did not sign an executive order banning discrimination from federal contractors.

    What’s more, Obama is a warmongerer, he sucks on the environment, he’s a drug war conservative, and he has expanded all of the total surveillance society, anti-liberty policies of Bush while created a Kill List and indefinite detention. And yes he killed a Colorado teen in a drone strike overseas.

    Queerty, I understand you do not want to piss of your sponsors (it’s not all Google ads) and the mega LGBT groups who give you media passes to trendy celeb events but you and all of the other LGBT media are embarrassingly on the wrong side of history with your blind Obama worship.

  • DirtyOleMan

    @jeff4justice: and you are throwing your vote away!!!!!!!!!

    While I agree about the drug laws, you need to vote for Obama. He is the lesser of two evils….waaaayyy less!

    (and Lawrence is not saying vote third party for the same reason!!)

  • jeff4justice

    @DirtyOleMan: 1) If you lived in an area like my hometown would you vote Republican since they’ve won by large margins there for decades and you do not want to “waste” your vote.

    2) Actually you’re missing O’Donnel’s point – what’s more while he gets most of it right he’s wrong about the Nader spoiler myth. There’s no such thing as spoiler in a democratic republic.

    3) If your so much more pragmatic over principled then how does one “waste” a vote in a solid red or blue state?

    4) You do realize your mentality is the same as those who wanted to settle for domestic partnerships and ENDA without trans protections right?

    5) Obama is not a lesser of evil but rather the more effective of evil as tru progressives like Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report point out: http://blackagendareport.com/content/what-obama-has-wrought

    Nobama for me thanks.

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