Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

President Obama, second inaugural address

Why myownlimelight’s first vote will be for President Obama:

When I received my absentee ballot in the mail, the first bubble I filled in was the one next to Barack Obama. It was an instant and easy decision to vote for him again. I am one hundred percent in support of the President, but one particular moment stands out for me as the moment I knew that I would vote Obama.

When President Obama said that he was in support of marriage equality, my heart soared. I come from a family where being gay isn’t something we talk about. I came out to my parents during high school, but we never talked about it after that point. They still expect me to turn out “normal.”

It’s incredible to know that my president supports marriage for everyone. It’s incredible to know that my president has helped repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It is incredible that things are only looking up under an Obama Administration.

My president stands by me, and I will stand by him.

theconsultingdrag0n submitted:

I just turned 18 this year, and my first presidential vote will be for Barack Obama. There are a lot of reasons, but this is the condensed version:

I am going to college this year - in fact, I just finished my last high school course last week. My mom is currently going back to school herself and going into loan and credit card debt, and my dad and his wife live on a shoestring budget. I couldn’t even attend community college on the “borrow money from your parents” plan. I don’t want a president who cannot understand that student aid is a vital part of many young people’s education.

I am female, and I want the autonomy to make my own healthcare decisions based on what’s right for my body, not someone else’s view of the world.

I am queer, and I want a President who recognises my validity as a person and believes I should have equal rights. I don’t know if I want to get married legally, but I’d like to at least have the option, not to mention that I want to feel safe and not have to fear hate crimes.

I’ll keep fighting for these issues and others no matter what, but I’d feel a lot safer if I knew the President was still standing behind me come January.