I voted in the Florida primary yesterday. The polling place is in the parish hall of a local church, so I parked and walked across the parking lot, through the throngs of campaign workers handing out cards and leaflets, and I was swarmed by candidates. I haven’t had that much attention since I did mail-call at camp.
I was approached by the incumbent county commission candidate who has a reputation as being very conservative. She was all smiles until I asked her about her stand on marriage equality. The smile became fixed and she replied that it wasn’t her issue. “Sure it is,” I replied. “I live in this county. You’re making decisions about my life. I want to know where you stand on it.” She responded with something along the lines of Ralph Kramden’s “Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana….” and then “It’s not my issue” again. “I am pro-life,” she offered. I said, “Okay, that’s got nothing to do with marriage equality.” More hamana-hamana, until she finally came up with “Live and let live, I don’t care what other people do.” “So,” I said, “If the courts overturned the ban on same-sex marriage, you’d have no problem with that?” Shrug. “Not my issue.”
Hm. According to SAVE Dade, the local marriage-equality organization, she’s virulently anti-marriage-equality. I smiled politely, said “Thanks,” and proceeded to the polling station. I voted for the other candidate.
Yes, it is a legitimate question to ask every candidate in every race. If they don’t believe in my fundamental right to marry whom I wish regardless of genitalia, then I’m a second-class citizen to them, and they have no business controlling my government.
By the way, she lost.