A prominent gay couple is now taking their colorful campaign in support of same-sex marriage -- and President Obama's re-election -- on the road.
Luke Montgomery and Eduardo Cisneros, who launched the independent "Legalize Love" campaign earlier this year, have now covered their Volkswagen Beetle in over 1,000 "Legalize Love" bumper stickers in an effort to highlight Obama's support of marriage equality, as well as to encourage discussion of same-sex marriage. The Los Angeles-based couple are setting out on a 2,400-mile, cross-country journey that will take them to Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington -- all states where same-sex marriage measures will appear on respective ballots this November, as The Four 2012 points out.
“These are blue states that are voting for Obama and the ‘Legalize Love Bug’ will help make sure that the President’s support for equal marriage is heard loud and clear so they also vote for equality,” Cisneros said in an email statement. “Because of a tight national race, the president might not be able to hammer home his support for gay marriage so we are stepping in to make sure that message gets out no matter what.”
Not surprisingly, Cisneros and Montgomery say they've encountered their share of conservative opposition while out on the road so far, and have reportedly been threatened and called "faggots." But they remain driven to continue by the supportive voices that have come forward.
After praising Obama as a "game-changer" on LGBT issues, Montgomery noted, "For us this isn’t politics, it’s personal. We want the right to get married like anybody else.”
Take a look at a recent poll on LGBT voters below:
One out of five LGBT voters say would consider voting for Mitt Romney if he held the same position on gay rights as President Obama.
One out of every four LGBT voters (26 percent) said they'd be more likely to vote Republican if the GOP held the same positions on LGBT rights as the Democratic party.
The survey finds that both general population voters (48 percent) and LGBT voters (67 percent) are currently leaning toward re-electing President Obama over Mitt Romney.
Support for same-sex marriage went from 31 percent in 2007 among all adults to 52 percent in 2012 among likely voters.
Forty-nine percent of the population says they'd be more likely to vote for a political candidate who supports legislation to define and prevent bullying of LGBT youth.
The economy was named as the most important issue in deciding the 2012 presidential election vote by both LGBT people (18 percent) and the general population voters (24 percent) surveyed.
Forty-eight percent of general population voters said they out be more likely to vote for a political candidate who supported laws prohibiting workplace discrimination of LGBT people, compared with just 14 percent who said they would be less likely.
Thirty-eight percent of general population voters said they'd be more likely to vote for the candidate who supports legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Of the general population voters polled, 41 percent said they'd be more likely to vote for the political candidate who would continue to allow LGBT people to serve openly in the military.
Thirty-six percent of general population voters polled said they'd vote for the candidate who'd support adoptions by same-sex couples.
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