Maybe I’m Misunderstanding The Issue, But Gays Should Be Able To Vote

By: Jerry Downing

By: Jerry Downing

I don’t watch a lot of news. In fact, you could say that I barely watch any news, especially if it’s political. The partisan conversation has never interested me. It gets people so bent out of shape over issues completely out of their control. So, I am definitely not an authority in the arena of social policy and am probably stepping out of the bounds of my limited understanding of what’s going on lately, but I definitely think that gays should be able to vote.

Given my incomplete knowledge of the exact details of the debate, I may not be in the position to give such an opinion, but it only seems fair that homosexuals should have the right to vote for their leaders. Right? Maybe I’m missing something here, but it just doesn’t feel right that someone could be denied the right to elect their representatives just because of their sexual orientation. Then again, I might be misinformed.

Keep in mind that this is coming from someone who majored in biology and doesn’t know a single thing about modern politics, but I remember a few things from high school history class. This country was founded on equal rights for all, but it took us a while to fulfill that promise. African-Americans were given the right to vote in 1870 with the Fifteenth Amendment, and women were given the right to vote in 1920 with the Nineteenth Amendment. Blacks and women voting used to be unthinkable, but now it would be unthinkable if they didn’t have that right.

This could just be an unwitting idea from someone who has no clue what he’s talking about, but it’s high time we afforded people of the LGBT community access to the polling booth.

Now, I know I’m opening myself up to criticism. I’m fully aware that someone way more knowledgeable than I am can put me in my place and give me an informed opinion about why gays should not be granted suffrage. I’m sure more educated opponents will be able to quote accredited political essays about how all our Presidents will be gay and our children will grow up bisexual. But something inside me says that they’d be wrong, even if I can’t explicitly say why. Hopefully I’m not alone on this.

I admit that this is purely an opinion based on no hard evidence coming from someone who might be late to the game, but I really believe that if everyone else in this country has the right to vote then maybe we give that same right to the gays.

I’m no expert, but isn’t that reasonable?

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