Here’s today’s reason:

Reason #9 Why I’m a Democrat: Paul and I travel internationally as much as we can. Whenever we travel we take into account our safety as a gay couple, which limits where we would feel comfortable traveling in Africa and the Middle East. President Obama opposes laws in African countries that criminalize homosexuality. The Republican party platform advocates for these laws and even supports the imprisonment and execution of gay men in these countries.

One of my former students thought I was generalizing Africa too much, since South Africa has same-sex marriage and other benefits, but I think restriction of my thoughts to “African countries that criminalize homosexuality” and “advocates for these laws and even supports the imprisonment and execution of gay men in these countries” avoided that. No one else has chimed in on this debate so far.

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