In a move that stunned nobody, The Advocate has come out and endorsed Barack Obama for President in its August issueOkay, we’re being a little snarky—after all, what were they gonna do: endorse Romney?
Actually The Advocate hasn’t endorsed anyone for president in decades—and it was only because the stakes are so high that the magazine did now.
“Never has the substantial progress in equal rights and treatment of LGBT people been more at risk than in this presidential contest,” writes Advocate editor in chief Matthew Breen. “This election presents a choice between starkly opposing futures. Barack Obama is a leader of undeniable accomplishment, vision, and integrity on LGBT rights. His opponent, Mitt Romney, betrays equality on numerous issues and aligns himself with a faction of the Republican Party that does not include equality among its declared ideals.”
Breen goes on to praise Obama for his defense of marriage equality and other pro-LGBT efforts:
Also significant are the actions the President’s administration has taken in support of LGBT equality. The president signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Prevention Act and lifted the ban on HIV-positive green card applicants and visitors to the United States. He signed the first federal pro-LGBT law in U.S. history with the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
He has appointed more LGBTs to leadership positions than any other president in history, launched a national resource center for LGBT elders, ensured insurance exchanges can not deny coverage to someone LGBT under the Affordable Care Act, and directed hospitals receiving federal funds to allow partner visitation rights, among many other achievements.”
And just in case any of us forgot, Breen reminds readers just what a Romney administration would mean for out community:
Obama can easily be contrasted with his opponent who, despite making claims that he would be “better than Ted Kennedy” on gay rights when running for U.S. Senate in 1994, has changed his position on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, declared support for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and is opposed to marriage equality.
The GOP abandoned core values of limited government and federalism in exchange for demonizing rhetoric and repressive legislation over who can marry, what kind of sex to have, and whether women are equal to men. No candidate beholden to this party can be an LGBT champion. While there are Republicans demonstrating independence, and who defy the GOP’s positions on these issues in pursuit of the greater good, Romney is not among them.”
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