I believe that the best days of Arizona are ahead of us.
As many of you may know, I have been unimpressed with Democratic Party, and infuriated by the Republican Party. There are many reasons why I feel this way, but one of the top reasons is because I feel that neither party has been doing enough to ensure that marriage equality comes to Arizona. But there are better days ahead.
In 2006, I joined now-Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in fighting a so-called marriage amendment. Known back then as proposition 107, I was proud to work her, and with Arizonians across the state, to ensure that LGBT people, like myself, are given the same protections and rights as everyone else. I was proud to have fought that amendment, and I was proud when Arizona became this first state in the nation to vote down a so-called marriage amendment because it was a clear sign that the best days of Arizona are ahead of us.
In 2008, Arizona was forced to fight another so-called marriage amendment. And though we didn’t win that campaign, I was proud to have worked tirelessly on that campaign. I believe that our LGBT children shouldn’t feel like the second-class citizens. And I believe that no-Arizonian should be treated as less than. I believed then, as I do now, that the best days of Arizona are ahead of us.
This election, Arizona voters have a choice in who they want to be their next Governor. On the Democratic side, the party has nominated Fred DuVal. And on the Republican side, the party has nominated Doug Ducey. I don’t think either man is perfect for the job. And I do believe both men have incredible experience and have brought some good to Arizona. But there are better days ahead.
There is only one candidate for Governor who supports marriage equality, and that man is Fred DuVal. Despite his short-comings, Fred has a proven record of standing up for people like me and him and I both share a vision for Arizona of better days ahead.
The best days for Arizona are ahead of us, and under a DuVal administration, those days will come sooner, Arizona will move forward, and most importantly, Arizona will move in the right direction.
No longer will our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, be told that we are less than. No longer will we have to fear that we won’t get to visit our loved ones in the hospital, or that we will be kicked out of a restaurant for simply being who we are. Those days are in the past, and Arizona is moving forward to better days ahead.
The best days for Arizona are ahead of us but in order for us to see Arizona move forward, we must elect a candidate who has the same vision, the same hopes, the same dreams of those better days as you and I both share.
That’s why Fred needs your help.
Whether you’re a first time voter, like my boyfriend, or a long time veteran of voting, you must vote this election. In order to win this election, every person who wants to see Arizona move forward must make their voice be heard.
In the past, we as a community have stood together, through the best of times and through the worst of times. Together, we have demanded our rights, and together we have pushed and shoved, walked and ran, and even sometimes crawled inch by inch to make Arizona a state I am proud to call home.
It has taken work, but we have never been afraid of hard work because we all know the best days of Arizona are ahead of us.
It’s time we stand together once more, and vote to move Arizona forward. I hope you will join me in not only supporting Fred DuVal for Governor, but also in voting for him this November. The best days of Arizona are ahead of us, and I believe Fred DuVal is the man who will move Arizona forward, and bring those better days sooner.