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11/05/2012

Josh Mandel's relatives aren't waiting for Thanksgiving to serve up intrafamily awkwardness

by Jeremy Hooper

Josh Mandel, the Republican candidate vying U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his seat, is running on an anti-LGBT agenda. In turn, nine of his wife's cousins have written an open letter to the candidate expressing their disgust over his discriminatory stances. A snip:

Your cousins, Ellen Ratner and Cholene Espinoza, are among the many wonderful couples whose rights you do not recognize. They were married almost eight years ago in Massachusetts, at a time when it was the only state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage. Their wedding, like yours, was a beautiful and happy occasion for all of us in our family. It hurts us that you would embrace discrimination against them and countless other loving couples in Ohio and around the country.

We are equally distressed by your belief that gay men and women should not be allowed to serve openly in the military. Like you, Cholene spent many years in the armed forces. A graduate of the Air Force Academy and an accomplished pilot, she became the second woman in history to fly the U-2 reconnaissance plane. And yet, you have argued that she, like many gay and lesbian soldiers, should be forced to live a life of secrecy and lies.

FULL: Josh Mandel's In-Laws Call Him Out on Anti-Gay Stance in Newspaper Ad [Cleveland Leader]

Good for them.

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