May 24, 2012
“I’m here to recruit you”
The following is an email sent on May 23rd from Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk. Had he lived, Harvey Milk would have turned 82 this week. The email was sent via the Obama campaign.
My name is Stuart Milk, and as my uncle Harvey would say, I’m here to recruit you.
My uncle was one of the first openly gay politicians in the U.S. — and yesterday people across the country celebrated Harvey Milk Day to remember his life and legacy.
I know Harvey would be fighting just as hard today to advance the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
To keep up that fight this year, Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama is launching. It’s a way for LGBT people and allies to do all we can to make sure President Obama gets a second term.
The election this year sets up a choice between two very different candidates with two very different stances.
President Obama is the first sitting president to support marriage equality. He repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” expanded the federal hate crimes law to protect LGBT people, and helped make sure that same-sex couples could have visitation and medical decision-making rights in hospitals.
Mitt Romney, his likely opponent, supports a federal marriage amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriages, even in states where they are legal — and if it passes, it would be the first time in our country’s history that the Constitution is amended to discriminate and deny rights to Americans. Romney even stands to the right of President Bush in opposing civil unions for same-sex couples.
It’s a pretty stark choice — and we can’t sit this one out. We’ve got to be out there talking to voters and sharing our stories to encourage people to vote for the progress they want to see. That’s what we’ll do through Obama Pride.
So join today, and recruit a friend or two to join with you: