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How they voted: Thinking of his daughter

November 4, 2008 | 10:26 am

Leonard Pena, a bankruptcy lawyer, said his presidential vote this year was driven by his daughter. She’s 21 months old.

"Her future is really important to me," he said. "Our country deserves something different. Obama’s youth and his policies really impressed me throughout the campaign."

Proposition 8 also resonated with Pena. Even though he and his girlfriend haven't gotten married, Pena said he believes that people should be able to marry whomever they want. "I really think it’s more about love than marriage," he said. "Marriage isn't that important to me, but it may be to some people."

Speaking at his polling place in South Pasadena, Pena recalled what he learned in law school -- that a person's rights extend to the tips of his or her fingers. People have a right to believe whatever they want, but they shouldn't impose those rights on anyone else.

For most of the rest of the initiatives, Pena read the endorsements from The Times, LA Weekly, the Sierra Club and the Democratic National Committee. But some decisions were based on something else. "Some of them were gut," he said.

-- Anna Gorman