“For me, President Obama means equality. He supports marriage equality, which, if passed, would allow me and my partner of 20 years, Phil, to get married. We are currently registered as domestic partners and I can tell you firsthand that domestic partnerships don’t give you the same rights that married spouses enjoy. Before meeting Phil, I was in a committed, 23-year-long relationship; when my partner passed away, I had no rights to handle his funeral proceedings. And I know that today, if I passed away, my social security benefits couldn’t be transferred over to Phil. I feel very strongly that these are not rights we should be excluded from, and I’m glad that President Obama agrees.
“I supported Barack Obama in 2008 and since then I’ve wanted him to get re-elected. For the past four months, I’ve volunteered with the Nevada team organizing phone banks and voter registration drives for the President and other Democratic candidates in southern Nevada. I plan on continuing these efforts and more until November 6th. I will do anything I can to make sure President Obama has four more years.
“I know President Obama has a lot of work to do to get this country back on track. When he took office, our country was in such a tremendous downward spiral. It took many years to create that mess, and it’s going to take a long time for the President to straighten it out. Even though he’s done so much already, he has more to do to make our country a better place.
“I met President Obama when he visited Las Vegas this past August. After his speech, he came down to meet members of the audience, me among them. I could see the warmth that he had for each of us. I was just one hand in the crowd, but he still took the time to look directly at me and smile. I thought to myself: Here is someone who is genuinely interested in me and in my future. You can tell by what he has said and what he’s done that his interest is in helping the less fortunate, strengthening the middle class, and ending discrimination. He’s building a better future for our country.”