The candidates of the upcoming election are polar opposites when referring to the issues of women and equal rights. Members of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Bloomsburg University voiced their opinions on each presidential candidate.
Mitt Romney, the republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, has been repeatedly criticized for running a campaign modeled around his religion.
“Romney wants to run this country on Mormon based views,” said Jeanne Masich, a Sophomore member of the GSA. According to exmormon.org, “Since the early 1800’s…the official view was that woman’s primary place is in the home, where she is to rear children and abide by the righteous counsel of her husband.”
“Romney does not value women’s sanctity,” said Evan Wright, a Junior member of the GSA. “If Romney valued women he would give them the same rights as men,” referring to Romney’s stance on abortion. His campaign has been adamant about canceling contraceptive options for women such as plan b and the morning-after pill.
When asked about their opinion on the democratic candidate for the 2012 election, President Barack Obama, they were full of accolades. Wright said, “He is an amazing man who has inherited a major problem and wasn’t given a chance to fix it.”
In May of 2012, President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage, becoming the first president to do so while in office.
Megan Paul, a Senior and Vice President of the GSA, said, “I like Obama because I like his policies and he’s for equal marriage,” she said she would be extremely saddened and disappointed if Romney won the presidency. When asked what they would do if Romney won, members of the GSA said they would “flee the country” and “study abroad.”