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NOM attacks transgender son of House GOP supporter of DOMA repeal

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MIAMI — Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, on Wednesday said that Rodrigo Lehtinen, the transgender son of U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is the reason his mother became the first Republican co-sponsor of the House bill aimed at repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

Brian Brown

“Transgendered daughter of marriage flip-flopper Rep. Ros-Lehtinen played part in decision to abandon DOMA?” Brown tweeted Wednesday morning.

Rodrigo Lehtinen, is a transgender rights advocate who currently works as a a field organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and in February was a trainer at the National Conference on LGBT Equality, better known as the “Creating Change” conference.

His mother, although having originally voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, has been building a steady resume of pro LGBTQ equality rights that included votes in favor of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” opposition to a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage in 2006, and vocal opposition to a ban on equality rights regarding same-sex marriage in her home state of Florida in 2008.

In his tweet, Brown linked to an article citing conservatives in her district attacking Ros-Lehtinen saying “this isn’t what they signed up for.”

In an interview with the Miami-Herald, Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said:

“They think of it as a Neanderthal way of thinking not to accept someone because of their sexual orientation. 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.”

Ros-Lehtinen acknowledged that she has learned a good deal about LGBTQ equality rights from her kids.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Gotta blame something on mother nature other than,,,,,

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:56pm
  2. what a low blow

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 8:57pm
  3. someone needs to set up brown with a transgendered persona nd publish the photos

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:02pm
  4. I hope all 7 of his kids are LGBT and they all denounce him as a religious bigoted hater.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:02pm
  5. Bigotry based on a faith that is supposed to be kept seprate from the state, and laws is sick,,,,,

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:06pm
  6. he’s just such a dick…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:16pm
  7. Fucking Bigot Asshole. Enough said.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:16pm
  8. Well if its true then I’m glad she supports her child like that.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:26pm
  9. they don’t need to come out to denounce him, they can do that straight.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:28pm
  10. Uh. SOOOOOO…? Lots of people change their views because a family member is gay or transgender. My dad, for example, after I came out. Frankly, her reasons for it don’t matter — what matters is that she did it. And it’s REALLY classy of him to finger point like that, regardless.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:53pm
  11. if marriage is so sacred why do Christians commit adultery?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 9:55pm
  12. Those classless pig Re-puke-licans just don’t get it, do they? Effing brainless invertebrates!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:08pm
  13. This is the reason why I stop being a Christian. Such a hateful group of religion.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 3:16am
  14. They should blame the mother for not being heartless enough. How dare she not hate her child! Pfft.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 5:33am
  15. So what?

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 5:50am
  16. Sometimes it takes some substantial arguments for one to change their minds. Seems like the love of her child was substantial enough for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. My own parents did the same thing because of me, their ignorance vanished as they learned to understand who I am within the years. He must be very proud of his mother.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 6:11am
  17. Mr. Brian Brown sounds like one desperate s.o.b.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:52pm
  18. Mr. Brian Brown is such a swine.

    Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:54pm