In light of election results, I felt like it was better to take action than to wallow in my sorrow and/or whine about the way things have turned. So I am writing letters to the politicians that are supposed to represent me. I thought, “how can they represent me if I don’t tell them what I like or dislike about their stance on issues?” So I submitted my first one to Roy Blunt – Missouri rep in the US Senate, regarding his voting record on Civil Rights – which is near and dear to me.
Dear Mr Blunt. I consider myself to be a progressive, which aligns me more closely with the Democratic party. I have serious concerns about your voting record for Civil Rights. Based on your voting records, here are my top three concerns in this area. I hope that you will receive my concerns with an open mind. Thank you!
- You voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006). I do not believe that it is up to the government to decide who a citizen can or cannot marry, outside of enforcing current age restrictions and family member restrictions.
- You voted on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999). Granted that this vote is from 1999, I hope that you have changed your position on this issue (which should not even be a political issue). Gays are just as good or bad at parenting as non-gays and this should not be a legal issue – except from the perspective of protecting the right.
- You voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007) The way that I read this is that you support job discrimination based on sexual orientation. That is not OK with me and not OK with MANY other Missourians.