• Respect.

    Jonathan Del Arco helps get out the vote for President Obama.

    “I’m gay. I’m Latino. And I’m an immigrant.”

    Jonathan Del Arco, who plays Dr. Morales on Major Crimes, says for him this election is about how President Obama's policies demonstrate a fundamental respect for these different facets of his life—and how Mitt Romney's do not. “For me, those three are the pillars of who I am in terms of the communities I identify with, in terms of the things that speak to me. There is a lack for me of respect in the dialogue leading up to this election from the other side.”

    Jonathan spoke to Obama supporters at several events in Albuquerque on Saturday, and then jumped right in to make phone calls and knock on doors to help get out the vote. He describes how he felt when the President announced his support for marriage equality earlier this year.

    “He was the first President ever saying that he and his wife and his children support gay marriage. I’ve been with my partner for 20 years, we’ve been married for 16, and we only have legal rights in California. That’s monumental to me.”

    “The other side has expressed interest in a constitutional amendment to ban equality,” he continues. “The other side is clear about their opposition to my lifestyle. Both candidates on the other side claim to have a ‘real marriage’ where I suppose I don’t have one after 20 years with my partner.”

    Although Jonathan’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Uruguay legally, he said that shouldn’t matter when we’re talking about children. “You’ve got these kids that are here from parents that brought them when they were little, that were raised as Americans, that have no opportunity. They’re educated, they’re going to college, they’re trying to make a life in America and they don’t have their papers, quote unquote.”

    “The President has tried to create the DREAM Act, which is a pathway to citizenship for these kids. Romney has said he’s against it. He called it a handout. In terms of terminology, I don’t think he realizes how incredibly offensive that kind of language is to my community. We’re not beggars. We’re workers. Work is a thing we pride ourselves on. Again… disrespect.”

    Finally, Jonathan says that when it comes to the Republican positions for Latino Americans, “I feel pandered to at the 11th hour here to get my vote. It’s just very disingenuous.”

    “All those three communities—Latino community, immigrant community, gay community—we’re savvy enough to know who the real guy is. So I really hope we turn out in really big numbers because I also think it’s a tipping point for those three communities.”

    Jonathan Del Arco is doing everything he can to help Get Out the Vote for President Obama. Can you help? Sign up at http://barackobama.com/gotv

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