Political Identities

Who are you?

Fundamentally, what is your political DNA?

From my experience talking with people over the years, no one is singularly a Republican or Democrat. These are just social constructs meant to divide us and really don’t give a good description of a person and what they believe fundamentally.

For instance, not everyone identifying as a Democrat is pro-choice. Along those same lines, I know Republicans who believe it’s time for gun reform. I, myself, identify as a Democrat but I’m all for small government and harder punishment for violent criminal offenders.

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PRIDE Day

June 26, 2015.

It’s been three years since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry in the United States.

On that day, like every year, I was doing my very best to wish my husband a happy birthday while he was spending the first year away from his twin.

When I heard the news about this historic advancement of human rights, I was a little surprised. I wish I could say that I had faith that this country would see past its bigotry and hatred to let love win, but I never thought it would happen.

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OPINION: 50 Years of Loving

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of a historic Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, overturning the laws against interracial marriage in the US.  Like all civil rights milestones, this decision represented a progressive step forward for our country.

50 years later, the impact of this decision is plainly obvious when I watch television commercials, admire celebrities and public figures, go grocery shopping at my local Wal-Mart, and when I look at my partner.

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A little over 17 years ago, as teenagers, we met and began dating. Even then, the images and representation of our love weren’t as prevalent as it is today. For the most part, we had the support of our families, but throughout the years have had to overcome the stereotypes of our relationship within the South.

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