Polyamory in the News!
. . . by Alan M.

November 2, 2014

"Voting Poly"

The Poly in the Cities people have put up this timely declaration:

It is extremely important to vote, especially if you are a member of any sort of fringe or alternative group.

...We’re far more liberal than the Democrats are ever likely to be. However, because of who were are — including the fact that we are polyamorous... — we feel that it is important to look at which party will best protect our interests in that respect, as well as in others. While we don’t always agree with the Democrats, our chosen lifestyle sometimes takes priority over other considerations.

First, we want to be sure that we, and all of our partners, have access to reasonably priced health care. Not only do we want those we care about to be healthy, but in a non-monogamous lifestyle the prevention of STIs is extremely important. For any women we are involved with, especially, be they ourselves, our spouses, girlfriends, lovers, mothers, daughters, friends, etc., we want them to have equal access to healthcare.... In some places women’s reproductive rights are actually at issue in this election.

Speaking as a sexually active woman, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – unwanted pregnancy. Anytime one engages in intercourse there is always a chance of pregnancy, however minute. I’ve never had to deal with it myself, and pray that I never do, but for other women, I believe that they and their partners should be able to make those choices themselves and have safe, affordable, legal options. Clearly there is one party that will support that freedom to make choices and another that would prefer to take them away.

We are naturally very concerned about and involved in the concept of “family”. The Republican party has spent the past several years trying to mandate the definition of marriage, which certainly limits the concept of “family”.... While there may currently be no party that is willing to fight on our behalf, in this case I’ll follow the theory that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” — especially since that party has been supporting the fight for LGBT marriage equality....

While I/we don’t think the Democrats have all — or even most — of the answers, I will be voting for them in the upcoming election because I believe they will protect more of my interests as a bisexual, poly person than any other party will....

Whether it seems like it or not, EVERY election is important.

Go read the whole piece (Nov. 1, 2014).

Me, I'm just back in from an afternoon of door-to-door canvassing in New Hampshire, a critical state. I recommend it. Become an election-day volunteer to help get out the vote. It's invigorating, fun, and it's good to know that whatever happens, you did your part.

I'm Alan Polyinthemedia and I approve this message. :)




Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should all be canvassing as well as voting. Voting personally helps, but canvassing is a very big "force multiplier". Canvassing can be done even when you can't personally vote for a candidate (because you don't live in the district, etc.). And it moves - not one, MANY - votes in the right direction.

November 02, 2014 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh, I really resent the attitude that all poly people are politically aligned.

November 03, 2014 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 2 said...

It's not that you are "politically aligned," it's that your life is deeply affected by what is done in government whether you want it or not, whether you pay attention or not. To pretend otherwise is naive -- to the point of childishness.

November 03, 2014 7:50 AM  

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