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Letter to the Editor | 'Stark differences between the three major candidates'

From Marc Paige of Fort Lauderdale:

This election year shows stark differences between the three major candidates remaining in the race. Two of the three want to partially or completely do away with “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) and the “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), the anti-gay laws left over from Bill Clinton’s administration. In Barak Obama, we have a candidate who supports eliminating DOMA and DADT completely. Hillary Clinton wants to eliminate DADT, but only part of DOMA.

John McCain feels the policy of discrimination against gay people in the military “is working,” wanting to keep DADT as is. And while all three candidates believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, those who say McCain has a similar position to Obama and Clinton regarding the recognition of gay couples is either lying, or completely uninformed.

Senators Obama and Clinton favor giving gay couples all the federal rights of marriage, but without calling it that. Instead they want to call this institution “civil unions.” Senator McCain’s position remains that gay relationships, no matter what they are called, are unworthy of federal recognition or rights. However, McCain did tell talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that she and her partner Portia de Rossi should be free to hire lawyers and arrange legal contracts for inheritance purposes and medical powers of attorney. Thanks, John.

Our next President’s policy positions and Supreme Court appointments will have a tremendous influence on our lives. Those concerned with the human rights of gay men and women have a great deal at stake in this election.

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