In the final stretch of election season and in the aftermath of the Vice Presidential debate, we decided to take an in depth look at how each candidate sees LGBTQ related issues. Here are some of the highlights:
- Biden has been supportive of nearly all things LGBTQ. He specifically stood up for marriage equality and the Employment Non-discrimination Act and is a proud contributor to the “It Gets Better” Campaign.
- To no surprise, Paul Ryan is 180 degrees opposite Biden. He doesn’t believe in marriage equality, ENDA, DADT and has worked hard to try and keep the LGBTQ community at bay.
- It seems like Mitt Romney, if he weren’t running on the Republican ticket, could be a supporter of the LGBTQ community. He supports adoption as a responsibility of each individual state. He also said, “My record, my life, is a clear indication of my support and insistence on anti-discrimination and on efforts to assure equal rights for all,” even though he does not support ENDA, as reported by The Hill
- Romney, however believes that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
- Since Obama announced in May that he supported marriage equality, it has only strengthened his base in the LGBTQ community. He believes that anyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity, should have equal protection under the law and be able to express themselves freely.
- CNN created this handy guide to see how the LGBTQ issues have played out by the numbers.