Election Reminder: How the Candidates Responded to Family Equality Council

The Family Equality Council does not endorse
candidates, but we do inform our supporters about the candidates’
positions on issues that matter to LGBT families.

As you may recall, Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director of Family
Equality Council, issued
identical letters
to Barack Obama and John McCain back in July,
asking the candidates to explain how their administrations would
recognize, respect, protect and celebrate all of the families they
seek to represent.

Within a week, Barack Obama issued
this letter
to Jennifer, stating that “we also have to do more
to support and strengthen LGBT families. Because equality in
relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract
principle; it’s about whether millions of LGBT Americans can
finally live lives marked by dignity and freedom.”

In early October, John McCain’s campaign issued
this letter
 (dated September 19, received October 3),
addressed “Dear Friend”. In what appears to be a form letter sent
to all people who write to the candidate, he said, “My presidency
will also reflect my commitment to conservative ideals. As
president, you can be assured that I will appoint strict
constructionist judges, veto all wasteful spending, and balance the
budget. I will stand up to Democrats and fight for conservative
principles, including protecting the rights of the born and
unborn.” His letter makes no mention of our families, marriage or

As you prepare to vote, consider the candidates’ responses to
Jennifer’s letter. And whatever your preference may be, make sure
your voice is heard: VOTE! (For information on where to vote and
what you need to bring to the polls, click here.)