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U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias Speaks Truth To Power

September 5, 2009


Political candidates can do and say the proper things that are best for the country, instead of acting like sniveling school children who are afraid the upperclassmen will beat them up.  When I look at candidates around the nation I always feel better about the ones who stand up and say the correct thing, even though it would have been easier to say something else, or perhaps nothing at all.  When a candidate shows spine and spunk I am in the first row applauding and championing the cause.

To prove that point I present to you Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias from Illinios.  Granted it could be risky for him to take the positions he has staked out, as there are plenty of conservatives who harbor deep resentment to social progress and equality.   History however shows who has the upper hand in the long run.  Social progress never stops.

In an interview, Giannoulias said individual states should be able to decide for themselves whether they allow same-sex couples to marry, but that all states should be required to afford legal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states where they are sanctioned.

Giannoulias also would require the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages, now prohibited by the Defense of Marriage Act he wants repealed. He says this would have the effect, in part, of allowing gay and lesbian couples to file joint federal income tax returns and receive Social Security survivor benefits.

To top it off, he wants to repeal the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“This goes to what this country was founded on — equality and fairness,” said Giannoulias, emphasizing that he sees same-sex marriage as a constitutional and legal issue in the context of past civil rights struggles.

Local gay rights activists say they believe Giannoulias, the state treasurer, is the first major candidate in a statewide race in Illinois to stake out a position in favor of gay marriage, although they don’t expect him to be the last.

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