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Letters: Sen. Portman's gay-marriage turnaround

March 19, 2013

Re "GOP senator says he now supports same-sex marriage," March 16

Thank you, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), for waking up to the fact that there are people in this country different from you. This is the exact reason I believe politicians should be required to take a diversity training course like the one educator and activist Jane Elliott teaches to children and adults as documented in the PBS program "A Class Divided." In fact, go live in the world you are making decisions about before handing down pronouncements about other people's lives.

We of the non-male, non-white, non-heterosexual and non-Christian world thank you, Sen. Portman. Go tell your friends.

Thea Iberall

Laguna Woods

Not to disparage the decision by Portman to back gay marriage because his son is gay (it's to be applauded), but it makes me think that if we wait to personally experience a situation calling for compassion, then we will not have the time to heed most of the pain for which we could make a difference.

Vicki K. Hoffner

Diamond Bar


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