President Obama announced recently that he is personally for same-sex marriage, but believes the decision should be left up to the states. Many have cheered him on for taking the stance, but Socialist Party USA presidential candidate, Stewart Alexander, says that the stance is an appalling disregard of the human rights of homosexuals and bisexuals.
Alexander explains, "This is as if Lyndon Johnson had said he was for desegregation in the 1960's, but thought it should be left up to the states. Segregation would still be going strong today and President Obama would have it staring him in the face at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina later this year."
In his own campaign, Alexander is calling for same-sex marriage to be considered a civil rights issue rather than a states rights issue. He is demanding that the same legal rights be granted to all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation, noting that current laws treat same-sex spouses and partners as inferiors under the law. They are denied the same advantages of joint tax rates and filing, rights of inheritance, and even being able to visit their soul mates in the hospital.
The Socialist Party USA's campaign invokes article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the United States is a signatory: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
The Socialist Party USA, a successor of the Socialist Party of America, has supported equal rights for members of the LGBTQI community since it was founded in 1972. In 1980, it ran the first openly homosexual candidate for President, David McReynolds. The Socialist Party of America had supported these equal rights since the 1920s.
"When I was a young boy in the 1950s and 1960s," continues Alexander, 60, "I saw how oppression worked against myself, my family, and the entire "Colored' community. My family was told where they were allowed to live and where they weren't; I have been told I had to work twice as hard to get the recognition of a white man; I heard Malcolm speak. Even as late as the 1980s, was held at gunpoint for being in a white neighborhood too late at night. Maybe because I was here and experienced the oppression I know how important it is to ensure the basic human rights of others. America needs a President who will stand up for justice, not one who stands on the sidelines." More information: http://stewartalexanderforpresident2012.org/issues/lgbtqi-rights/