The issues at the fore of Lisa Davis' mind this election year will feel familiar to parents across Florida:
- She wants safe schools for her children.
- Quality education is a huge priority.
- The crisis in our waterways alarms her.
2020年欧冠赛程表And then there's a big, foundational issue in the background:
2020年欧冠赛程表Her right to be married to the person she loves.
Davis and her wife, Corinne, were married in Massachusetts in 2010. They traveled some 1,400 miles for their wedding because, at the time, same-sex marriage was illegal in Florida.
Lisa Davis, 34, of Palm City, worries a new U.S. Supreme Court judge could affect the status of her same-sex marriage. Treasure Coast Newspapers
2020年欧冠赛程表Five years later, the U.S. Supreme Court changed that, granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in all 50 states. The ruling meant Lisa and Corinne's marriage was legally honored in their home state. When Lisa gave birth to their second son in 2015, they didn't have to bear the expense and hassle of having Corinne legally adopt him, as they did with their first son. She was automatically recognized as one of his mothers.
Now, three years after the Supreme Court case, Lisa and Corinne worry their rights are precarious as a replacement is considered for Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been the high court's swing vote. With a more politically conservative justice, such as nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legal challenges from groups that oppose gay marriage could reach a more sympathetic court.
2020年欧冠赛程表This election is about balance of power to Lisa and Corinne.
“When you don’t have rights, and they’ve been awarded to you, I think you’ll move mountains to make sure those rights aren’t taken away,” says Lisa from the family's home in Palm City.
2020年欧冠赛程表When she votes in November, she will be choosing candidates at all levels who advocate for equality.
2020年欧冠赛程表“We were afforded certain rights for our family under a different administration," Lisa says. "With a different executive branch right now, we really need to have representation at our state level that’s going to protect our family, that’s going to protect our communities … and make sure everyone’s voice is being heard.”
Lisa is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a medic for 6 years, a period she describes as "very positive" — even though it was during the era of "don't ask, don't tell."
2020年欧冠赛程表“It was a life-changing experience for me. Really formed who I was as a person, as an employee,” the 34-year-old explains.
Lisa's veteran benefits paid for her undergraduate degree and, later, her master's of business administration. She worked for several years as a teacher and media specialist at a Title I school in Palm Beach County; now she's an account executive with a K-12 learning company.
Education is a major passion for her, professionally and personally. The couple's oldest son, Beckett, started kindergarten this year. Both women are strong backers of a local sales tax on the November ballot to boost funding for Martin County's public schools.
While they are very happy with the staff at Beckett's school, the school itself was built 60 years ago. “The funding just isn’t there to replace it,” even though it needs to be upgraded for security and safety, Lisa says. The proposed half-cent sales tax would change that.
Lisa sees a silver lining to the current turbulence in the political world: diverse first-time candidates are running for office.
2020年欧冠赛程表The Democrat running in her congressional district, Lauren Baer, would be the first openly LGBT member of Florida's congressional delegation if she defeats incumbent Brian Mast. Baer, like the Davises, is married to a woman and is a mother.
2020年欧冠赛程表“It makes me hopeful that we’re seeing everyday people start to throw their hats into elections. People representing families that look like ours, people that were educators like myself, veterans maybe — just a more equal representation in politics,” Lisa says.
2020年欧冠赛程表The Davises hope these new candidates will fight for a clean environment and strong public schools. Most of all, they want their basic rights protected.
2020年欧冠赛程表"None of it matters if we can’t be a family and be safe,” Corinne says.
2020年欧冠赛程表Their sons are energetic, loving boys. To them, equality is instinctive.
2020年欧冠赛程表“They know that some families have a mom and a dad, some families have two moms, some families have two dads. Some families have just one hard-working parent or grandparents,” Lisa says.
“But it’s all just about love.”
Occupation: Account executive with K-12 learning company
Lives in: Palm City
Election issues: Education, school safety, equal rights; Supreme Court appointments