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.
“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.
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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.