Back in July, the Executive Director of the Family Equality Council, Jennifer Chrisler, sent off letters to Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama to ask the candidates to explain how their administrations “would work to recognize, respect, protect and celebrate all loving families in the US.”

Look at the lame-ass missive John McCain sent from his Generic Response Letter Generator Machine (“Dear  Friend”). Jennifer didn’t receive this response until October 3, and there is nothing about his philosophy regarding the diversity of families or his support for them. But she did get to learn about his fight for conservative principles and his pathetic $5000 tax break health care initiative.

September 19,2008

Jennifer Chrisler

P.O. Box 206

Family Equality Council

Boston, MA 02133

Dear Friend,

Thank you for writing to me with your thoughts. Receiving such constructive comments helps me better understand what issues are not only important to voters, but close to the heart of many Americans. In these challenging times, our next president must have real credentials. A lifetime of public service, a record of proven leadership, and a strong background in national security have prepared me to protect our nation and win the war against Islamic extremists. In addition, I am committed to holding together the Reagan coalition of conservative Republicans, Independents and independent thinking Democrats.

As president, I will also continue the fight to reform government. My administration will work to protect Social Security, reform health care to make it affordable and responsive to the needs of American families, provide assistance to dislocated workers, lower barriers to trade, increase our energy independence and security, and ensure our nation honors its obligations to our veterans.

My presidency will also reflect my commitment to conservative ideals. As president, you can be assured that I will appoint strict constructionist judges, veto all wasteful spending, and balance the budget. I will stand up to Democrats and fight for conservative principles, including protecting the rights of the born and unborn. Finally, and most importantly, I will work every day to restore trust in government. As I have for more than twenty years, I will continue to fight special interests, stand up to the trial lawyers by signing tort reform laws, and create a public standard of ethics in government.

Flease visit www.JohnMcCain.com for the latest ilews and updales about the campaign. In addition, you will receive detailed answers to your questions under the Issues section. Thank you again for your correspondence and guidance.

Sincerely,

John McCain

It only took a week for Barack Obama to respond. See that letter below the fold.Obama’s letter to the Family Equality Council:

August 1, 2008

Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director

Family Equality Council

P.O. Box 206

Boston, MA 02133

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your letter of July 21st. While we live in a nation that is enriched by a vast array of diverse traditions, cultures and histories, it is our commonality that most defines us. The desire to build a life with a loved one, to provide for a family and to have children who will grow and thrive –these are desires that all people share, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. My own experience has taught me this lesson well. I was raised mostly by a single mother, with help from my devoted grandparents, and then I married the woman of my dreams and now we have two beautiful daughters of our own. The love that has blessed each of those households has been strong and sure, and I know that millions of families across this nation share the same blessings.

The American Dream must never come at the expense of the American family. For decades we’ve had politicians in Washington who talk about family values, but we haven’t had policies that value families. Instead, it’s harder for working parents to make a living while raising their kids. It’s even harder to get a break.

That’s why I’ll double spending on quality after-school programs – so that you can know your kids are safe and secure. And that’s why I’ll expand the Family Medical Leave Act to include more businesses and millions more workers; to let parents participate in school activities with their kids; and to cover elderly care. And we’ll finally put federal support behind state efforts to provide paid family and medical leave. We’ll require employers to provide seven paid sick days each year. We’ll enforce laws that prohibit caregiver discrimination. And we’ll encourage flexible work schedules to better balance work and parenting for mothers and fathers. That’s the change that working families need.

We also have to do more to support and strengthen LGBT families. Because equality in relationship, family, and adoption rights is not some abstract principle; it’s about whether millions of LGBT Americans can finally live lives marked by dignity and freedom. That’s why we have to repeal laws like the Defense of Marriage Act. That’s why we have to eliminate discrimination against LGBT families. And that’s why we have to extend equal treatment in our family and adoption laws.

That’s why I’ll be a president that stands up for American families – all of them. Thank you again for the opportunity to share these thoughts.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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