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NOM Blames Trans Son for Republican Backing Repeal

NOM Blames Trans Son for Republican Backing Repeal

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The National Organization for Marriage has a theory on why a Republican would support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who had voted in favor of the law in 1996, became the first Republican cosponsor of the repeal bill in an announcement last month. Her move followed a history of pro-gay stances that include votes in favor of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" both in 2005 and last year, opposition to a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2006, and vocal opposition to a ban in her home state in 2008.

Despite that track record, Brian Brown, NOM's president, tried to explain away her opposition to DOMA in a tweet this morning that noted Ros-Lehtinen has a transgender son named Rodrigo (even though Brown referred to Rodrigo as the congresswoman's daughter).

"Transgendered daughter of marriage flip-flopper Rep. Ros-Lehtinen played part in decision to abandon DOMA?" he asked this morning.

He linked to a post about conservatives in her district attacking Ros-Lehtinen, with locals saying "this isn't what they signed up for."

Ros-Lehtinen has said in the past, even before Rodrigo came out as a transgender man during college, that she learned a lot about gay rights from her children.

"They think of it as a Neanderthal way of thinking not to accept someone because of their sexual orientation," Ros-Lehtinen toldThe Miami Herald in 2003. "My kids just say, 'So and so is gay.' It's like, 'He likes chocolate ice cream.' It's a total mind shift among generations. ... As new generations raise up, a lot of taboos will be laid to rest."

Rodrigo Lehtinen worked in February as a trainer at the National Conference on LGBT Equality, better known as the "Creating Change" conference, and has been a field organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.
Lucas Grindley is VP and Editorial Director for Here Media, which is parent company to The Advocate. His Twitter account is filled with politics, Philip Glass appreciation, and adorable photos of his twin toddler daughters.