Find out why women's health advocate Cecile Richards is taking a break from her day job to volunteer for President Obama.
"Here's something I can't imagine: having to tell my daughter that she may not have the same opportunities as her brother because this country elected Mitt Romney as president.
"But that's what's on the line in this election. It seems ridiculous to me that we're even having this discussion in 2012, but here we are: We risk progress on equal pay for equal work. We're looking at cutbacks in childcare programs and Head Start programs. We'll lose access to affordable health care and additional funding for higher education. If we don't step up and make our voices heard, we'll pay the price after Election Day.
"Women can have an enormous impact. Take a look at this video to see what I'm talking about, then pass it along to your friends."
"President Obama has been fighting for equality since he took office nearly four years ago: With the repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell,’ the men and women serving our country no longer have to lie about who they love. When he came out in full support of same-sex marriage back in May, I knew he would continue to fight for equality.
President Obama responds to a Republican Senate candidate's comments about victims of "legitimate rape":
Let me first of all say, the views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.
So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.
And so, although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions—or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape—I think those are broader issues, and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.
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Meet Dan Fournier, University of New Hampshire student and proud Granite Stater. He's also a member of New Hampshire's Obama Pride Steering Committee, and he shared a couple of reasons why he's supporting the President this year:
"I'm supporting the President this year because he holds the same values that I do—that every American, regardless of his or her background, has the ability to make it if they try. He's not just fighting for economic justice; he's fighting for social justice, too. The idea that everyone is equal before the law and should be treated with equal dignity and respect is codified in our Constitution, and that's something that I think President Obama embodies."
We asked if Dan thought the Romney-Ryan campaign also shared those American values that the President embodies. Here's what Dan told us:
"The Romney-Ryan campaign is touting a Constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage both illegal and unconstitutional across the country. That's a gross violation of human rights, and their desire to spend taxpayer dollars to promote and enforce discriminatory policy shows that their hearts are rooted way in the past. This is 2012. We don't move backwards on civil rights."
It's true that this President has fought for LGBT Americans in a way that no other President has in the history of this country.
But if the President's record isn't enough for you enough for you, the extreme Romney-Ryan positions on LGBT issues (not to mention the values those positions reflect) are enough to give any moderate-minded American pause. Just how far backward do these guys want to take us?
We can't afford to find out. If you agree with Dan and support the President on equal rights for the LGBT community, get involved by joining the LGBT for Obama group on Dashboard, our online organizing office.
A version of this was posted August 14 on the New Hampshire state blog.Read More…