Voice for Equality: Hector Flores

The day after President Obama reiterated his pledge to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in his 2010 State of the Union address, he traveled to the University of Tampa in Florida for a town hall meeting. He took six questions from the crowd, including one from Hector Flores, a senior performing arts and communication major, who went last and asked the president about equality for same-sex couples, including marriage. Explaining the background of this question, Flores says:
One of the things I feel my demographic is really missing out on is all the benefits we are not receiving. So I put the emphasis on marriage because of all the benefits we are missing because we cannot legally marry. I hope to live the American Dream, to get married and have a family one day... I was glad to hear that he feels that law-abiding citizens should share the same rights. So when he talked about changing things for federal jobs, and leading by example, I though that was a good step. It was small step, but it was a step in the right direction...But everyone needs to understand that he is one branch of three in our government. It’s up to everyone in our community to talk to our leaders, to get out there, and show that we’re not going anywhere. This is not just an Obama decision.[Link]

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