Mega musical stars like Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z have already declared their support for current President and Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, and now popular indie pop twins Tegan and Sara are also backing the President to repeat in the November 6 election.
According to Sara Quin, her support comes down to two things -- women's rights and gay rights -- which she says the Democrats address more effectively than the Republicans.
"Women's rights and gay rights," Quin tells HuffPost Canada Music when asked what the important electoral topics of the day are for her. "Those are the big issue for me. And not because I'm a woman and because I'm gay. I think that that we're talking about the social fabric and we're talking about ideas that are institutionalized in this society and how that changes a generation and I think that's important. Truly, truly important."
Since November 12, 2008
Gay marriage law <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/07/delaware-gay-marriage-law-_n_3232771.html" target="_blank">enacted</a>, weddings to begin July 1.
Since April 3, 2009
In 2012, Maine voted in favor of a ballot amendment to legalize gay marriage.
The gay marriage bill was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on March 1, 2012. Opponents later gathered enough signatures to force the issue back onto the ballot in November 2012, but voters rejected the effort against gay marriage.
Since May 17, 2004
Same-sex marriage bill signed into law in May. Gay marriages will begin in August.
Since January 1, 2010
Since July 24, 2011
Bill passed in May. Law takes effect on August 1, 2013.
Since September 1, 2009
On February 13, 2012, Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) signed a law allowing same-sex marriage ceremonies to begin on June 7, 2012. The process was delayed by gay marriage opponents who gathered enough signatures to put the issue up to a state vote in November 2012. They voted to approve it on Election Day.
Since March 9, 2010
The state initially began conducting gay marriages on June 16, 2008. On November 5, 2008, however, California voters passed Proposition 8, which amended the state's constitution to declare marriage as only between a man and a woman. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled against that law, and the state shortly thereafter began sanctioning same-sex nuptials.
Tegan and Sara have a unique perspective on U.S. politics. The Canadians are both openly gay, and they both spend a substantial amount of time living in the States -- Tegan splitting her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, and Sara between New York and Montreal. Because of that, they've seen firsthand how Obama can inspire people.
"Obvious this election is on a lot of people's minds," says Sara. "I was living in the States in New York when the last election happened and it was such a cool time and there was a real spirit and energy that I had never experienced around an election. And I realize this is going to be different, but this is a big election, this is going to be a big four years if Obama gets in."
The pair have never been particularly shy about using their fame to discuss causes they believe in. They were recently on the cover of Under the Radar magazine's "Protest" issue, photographed holding a sign that said "The rights of the minority should never be subject to the whim of the majority." They were also active in supporting Quebec students in their recent protest against that provincial government, have spoken out on behalf of Against Me!'s transgender punk rocker Tom Gabel, and were vocal during California's Prop 8 debates.
That said, Sara is careful to articulate that her support for Obama and the Democratic party is a personal choice.
"It's hard what to say publicly and what not to because I think it's incredibly complicated and what's especially complicated is you basically have two people who are trying to represent a whole country and it's impossible," she starts. "I live mostly in the U.S. and going from one neighborhood to another it's complicated trying to represent those people, so I can't even imagine trying to be one person trying to represent an entire country's worth of people.
"And here's the thing, I may not agree with 50 percent of the people in America, but it's funny how quickly how what I agree with and what you may agree with become 'right' and 'wrong.' Like, when it's taxes for example. I don't think there's a right and a wrong way to tax people. It really depends upon how you see yourself and how you see society."
Sara then uses her time spent in Montreal, Quebec to further articulate her views, explaining that what it really comes down to is that she doesn't believe the Republicans have the authority to tell her how she should live her life, so that's why she's not supporting them.
"I live in Quebec and I pay more tax than the rest of my family who live all over Canada, and more than my friends in the States or wherever, and I buy in," she says. "I buy in because I love the way that [Quebec] society feels. I love that everybody has the opportunity to go to school. I love that health care isn't a problem. Or that property isn't expensive. Or that you don't have to be rich to afford an apartment.
"I buy in and participate willingly because that's the kind of person that I am. But it's not right or wrong. But there are issues that are right or wrong. And the Republicans, I feel, unfortunately, are the ones that dabble in right or wrong policy-making a lot more. Y'know, telling me who I can marry, or what I can do with my body is wrong.
"It's just not right."
99 Problems (JAY-Z)
Eric Fehrnstrom, senior campaign adviser for Mitt Romney, <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/06/03/494238/fehrnstrom-shiny-objects-women/" target="_hplink">said on Sunday</a> that issues pertaining to women's reproductive rights, such as abortion and birth control, were "shiny objects" meant to distract voters from the real issues. "Mitt Romney is pro-life," he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "He'll govern as a pro-life president, but you're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election."
The Senate will vote Thursday on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would expand and strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and make it illegal for employers to punish women for bringing up pay disparity issues. Dana Perino, a Fox News contributor and former press secretary for President George W. Bush, <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/30/perino-equal-pay-issue-is-a-distraction-for-just-48-hours/" target="_hplink">called the equal pay issue</a> "a distraction" from the country's real financial problems last week. "Well, it's just yet another distraction of dealing with the major financial issues that the country should be dealing with," Perino said. "This is not a job creator."
Just My Imagination (The Temptations)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose home state's legislature recently defunded Planned Parenthood and voted to pass a bill that would allow employers to deny women birth control coverage, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/john-mccain-war-on-women_n_1455591.html" target="_hplink">delivered a floor speech</a> in which he insisted that the war on women is something imaginary for Democrats to "sputter about." "My friends, this supposed 'War on Women' or the use of similarly outlandish rhetoric by partisan operatives has two purposes, and both are purely political in their purpose and effect: The first is to distract citizens from real issues that really matter and the second is to give talking heads something to sputter about when they appear on cable television," he said.
Butterfly Fly Away (Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus)
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tried to trivialize concerns about the legislative "war on women" by comparing it to a "war on caterpillars." "If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we'd have problems with caterpillars," Priebus <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-05/priebus-says-gender-battle-as-fictonal-as-caterpillar-war.html" target="_hplink">said in an April interview</a> on Bloomberg Television. "It's a fiction."
Distraction (Angels And Airwaves)
Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Steelman (R) took heat from her opponents in May when she contended that Democratic lawmakers' focus on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was "a distraction" from the issues they should be dealing with instead. "I think it's unfortunate that the Democrats have made a political football out of this thing, which I think is what they keep doing to distract from real problems that are facing our nation," she said in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.
We Don't Care (Kanye West)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) defended the Republican Party in April for going after insurance coverage for contraception by arguing that women don't actually care about contraception. "Women don't care about contraception," she said on ABC's The View. "They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things."