Name: Becky Barton
Hometown: Storrs, CT
Occupation: Pizza Maker
Why I Found Her at The NEM:
Becky just moved to Connecticut to be with her partner, who is a student. She was still in California, however, to experience the anguish of Proposition 8’s passing, which she protested. It’s clear those experiences are still fresh in her mind by the energy in her eyes when she explains that she feels like they failed in keeping Prop 8 from becoming law.
Her anger also extends to President Obama. She is upset that he does not do more to support equal rights, especially with specific issues like DOMA and DADT. Though she was happy that he extended the rights he could to federal employees and she is hopeful about the hate crimes bill passing, she also thinks more attention needs to be paid to the Trans community and the specific issues its members face.
What She’d Change in America:
Becky’s first response was health care, but as she begins explaining why, it’s clear she has a concern much bigger than just health care: the religious aspect of our society. She shares an example of when there were rumors that Obama had secretly taken the oath on the Koran. She points out that it’s bogus not only that people would make such claims, but also that people would be upset even if it were true. “We’re a Christian nation,” she says, and it’s clear that she does not think it is in the country’s best interest.