Gay voters have nowhere to turn

By Jake Verterano
October 23, 2008

Shannon Keough

I keep hearing about how important it is to cast your vote this election year. Quite frankly, it’s all getting a little bit too repetitive. Why is it getting so repetitive? Basically, because I’m not really a fan of either candidate.

The problem with Obama and McCain is that neither of them are truly appealing to the homosexual community. Maybe that’s an unfair statement to make, but at least to this member of the community, it’s not. I feel like neither of them appeal to me.

I mean, come on. Both of them say they support civil unions of same sex couples, yet neither of them will flat out say they support gay marriage. Really.

I get that both of you want to win this election, and I totally understand the “taboo” of being gay and the possibility of losing voters by supporting the gay community. However, the candidates are losing voters from the gay community by doing this themselves.

Are we a more acceptable loss than “the norm” of society? From my viewpoint, it just kind of seems like the gay community is being put on the backburner and are a second thought as far as this election, or every election for that matter, goes.

I just want to know that when I’m voting this year that I’m voting for something more than just “I’m okay with civil unions.” I would like to hear a promise that there’s a possibility that I can have that wedding I’ve always wanted.

One, or both, of the candidates just need to come out of their election closets and say they support gay marriage. I find it very hard to believe that both of the men who could be the future leader of our country are against seeing two people be happy. And if they are, then our country must be on a non-stop trip down the toilet.

I guess when I go vote this election, I’ll look down at my ballot. I don’t really want to vote for either of these guys. Neither of them really sound like they’re on my side. It just kind of seems like they just want to win.

When it comes down to it, that’s really how this whole thing seems. Politicians will say anything they want to win, except to the people who need to hear it most.

I’ve heard all of the arguments againt gay marriage and honestly none of them make sense to me. I’ve even heard that some people don’t want gay marriage because they think gay people will only be getting married for the tax breaks.

Last time I checked, people get married because they love each other. At least that’s what it says in the Bible. But wait? The Bible says only a man and a woman can make the bond of marriage because they love each other.

OK, so this all makes sense now. Gay marriage is definitely about tax breaks!

OK, so I guess if I go on a date with a hot guy I’ll be saving a ton of money on my taxes this year; I can’t wait.

People are imbeciles. Anyway, I’m not really crazy about either of the candidates. I guess I’ll just cast my reluctant ballot on Nov. 4 for the guy who is less likely to cringe when they see two guys make out.

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