The Right to Love

LGBT Resource Center at Bloomsburg University

President Obama is a supporter of gay rights, while his republican opponent Mitt Romney is strong in his opposing position.

When an anonymous homosexual student from Bloomsburg University was asked how they would feel if either candidates were elected into to presidential office he responded favoring the President.

“ If Romney was elected as President I wouldn’t be disappointed in this country because I know the society I live in.” He went on to say, “ My rights would be ignored, I doubt he has my best interest at heart. If Obama was elected I’d be good.”

President Obama has publicly announced his endorsement of same-sex marriage during the taping of an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on May 2012.

“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same sex equality or, you know, believe in equality.”

Couple exercising their right to love.

In an a recent CNN International Poll 54 percent of Americans support legalizing marriages between gay and lesbian couples, with 42 percent opposed. Sixty percent of Americans also say they have a close friend or family member who is gay. During an interview with FOX31 Romney expressed his view on the issue.

“I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” he said, “I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name.”

Both candidates have done their part in helping or hurting the LGBT community. In February 2011, the President and Attorney General announced that the Department of Justice would no longer defend Section 3 of the Legal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against equal protection for same-sex couples married under state law.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced its endorsement of Mitt Romney for President of the United States. With this endorsement Romney has supported an amendment to the United States Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and Appointed Supreme Court Justices and an Attorney Generals who will apply the federal Defense of Marriage Act in court.

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