Choosing between economy and equality

Lee Hodges at thePonce de Leon Middle SchoolPhoto by Zachary Nelson

Wealthy couple backs Obama on gay marriage

Lee Hodges dashed to join a line of voters at the Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables.  For Hodges, 42, a chief financial officer on wealthy Fisher Island, miles away in Biscayne Bay, the clock was ticking. He was trying to fit Election Day into his lunch break.

“I should be voting for Romney,” said Hodges, who had driven from the Fisher Island ferry landing in Miami Beach to vote at his neighborhood  precinct in Coral Gables.  Since he enjoys a high income, Obama’s economic plan, which calls for the wealthy to pay more in taxes, will cost him, he said.  But he and his partner of 20 years were backing Obama.

“Obama’s social issues are the stronger driving force,” Hodges said. “I’m willing to pay more taxes for what’s morally right, especially for gays.”

In 2008, Hodges said, Obama also got his vote. For him, it was a question of voting for a President who would ensure “better equality for gays.”

Obama was the first United States President to support gay marriage. Beyond the presidential position, the 2012 election saw voters in four states – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington – deciding on whether to allow gay marriage.  In Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat, defeated former governor Tommy Thompson, Republican, for the state’s open seat in the United States Senate. She will be the first woman to represent Wisconsin in the Senate and the first openly gay Senator.

Under Obama, social change is inevitable, Hodges said.  “Everyone should be given the chance to be equal in voting,” Hodges said, “and that goes the same for marriage.”



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2 responses to “Choosing between economy and equality”

  1. Chris Costello says:

    Zachary, I enjoyed your article, specifically how you focused on one particular issue within the election. I think that allowed for your audience to come away with a greater understanding because you stayed on one issue and explained it well. I think if you would have perhaps interviewed somebody else as well to add another dimension to your story that may have improved it a bit. You also say “under Obama social change is inevitable,” that is a pretty bold and vague statement to throw in unexplained at the end. Social change is inevitable to an extent under anyone, it is definitely more encouraged under Obama, but he is not a dictator and laws must be voted on and passed.

  2. Alexa Pappas says:

    You found a really great interview in that he fits the Republican standpoint fiscally, yet chose to vote liberally due to his social ideals. I wish this had gone a bit more into detail, perhaps how Mr. Hodges has voted in the past, but he seems very educated and this article is succinct and well-written.