Actress Anne Hathaway explains why she’s voting for President Obama on Tuesday, in a new op-ed in the Advocate.
Hathaway said her support for Obama stems from her brother – who is gay.
“President Obama’s public announcement of support for marriage equality and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” were joyful days for my family and gave us hope for more progress toward equality under President Obama and Vice President Biden,” Hathaway writes.
The actress said reproductive rights were also a a major contributing factor in her decision.
“How did we get here? When I look at the candidates’ messages, I can’t imagine a clearer choice. On one side, someone who doesn’t support a person’s right to marry whoever they love. Someone who doesn’t understand why, as a woman, it is my inalienable right to make choices about my own body. And on the other, someone who gets it, and who knows that we can do better.
Four years ago we dreamed of progress. We voted for a leader who stood up for what was right, a leader who would bring us to a place where all people had equal rights, and who would protect the ones we have already gained.
I want to live in a country where everyone has the same opportunities to build a life, enjoy their liberty and pursue their happiness. This election, that vision only exists with Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” Hathaway writes.