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Jewish Relatives Call Out GOP Senate Hopeful For Opposing Marriage Equality

Senate candidate Josh Mandel Ohio doesn’t support LGBT rights. That’s no so odd—he’s a Republican.

But Mandel’s mishpucha was not having his intolerance: His wife’s cousins published an open letter in the Cleveland Jewish News reading the 35-year-old a former servicemember for filth for opposing same-sex marriage and gays in the military, among other transgressions:

Open Letter to Josh Mandel,
Republican ?Candidate for U.S. Senator from Ohio

Dear Josh,

Four years ago you came into our family. We still remember the excitement surrounding your wedding, and how happy our family members were as they described it afterwards. So we were deeply saddened when you announced during your October 18th debate with Senator Sherrod Brown that you believe only some people should share this right to marry the person they love, while others should not.

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.

Josh, as you know, our roots are deep in the Cleveland area and we have friends and family we love throughout Ohio. This family is sprawling and diverse, but it has always believed strongly in the values of equality and inclusiveness. Your discriminatory stance violates these core values of our family. Nevertheless we hope that over time, as you advance in years and wisdom, you will come to embrace the values of inclusiveness and equality as well.

Your cousins,

Michael Ratner, Bruce Ratner, Karen Ranucci, Pamela Lipkin, Rebecca ?Ratner, Elizabeth Ratner, Patrick Markee, Jacob Ratner, Ana Ratner

Thanksgiving’s gonna be awkwaaard.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Nov 6, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • Captain proton
      Captain proton

      Thanksgiving’s gonna be awkward? Do American Jews even celebrate thanksgiving?

      Nov 6, 2012 at 1:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JDJase
      JDJase

      @Captain proton: Why wouldn’t they? (or was that a joke?)

      Nov 6, 2012 at 1:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      It will be interesting whose turkey gets roasted first, the bird or the bum steer politician?!

      Nov 6, 2012 at 1:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @Captain proton: Of course American Jews celebrate this North American holiday. Its not a Christian Liturgical feast. There is no reason not to.

      Nov 6, 2012 at 2:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jerry_pritikin
      jerry_pritikin

      @Captain proton: Thanksgiving is an American Holiday,not a religious holiday… even Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck celebrate Thanksgiving!

      Nov 6, 2012 at 2:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Just.p
      Just.p

      @jerry_pritikin:
      donald duck celebrates thanksgiving? that is the definition of weird :P

      Nov 6, 2012 at 4:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      @Captain proton: You need to shut the fuck up in order for the world not see you as fucking stupid. ASSHOLE.

      Nov 6, 2012 at 10:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • startenout
      startenout

      Aaaand about the article itself, I love that the entire extended family sent the message loud and clear and publicly that they don’t support this “politician.” If your own family won’t vote for you, who should?

      Nov 7, 2012 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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