Re "Citing gay son, GOP senator backs same-sex marriage" (Page A9, March 16): What a shame that for a Republican leader, it takes having a homosexual family member for him to change his position on gay marriage. On the same page where The Bee reported Sen. Rob Portman's story, another headline read "No compromises, vow conservatives at GOP gathering."
Perhaps if a family member got shot by an assault weapon or had to have an abortion, a Republican would change his or her "no" vote. What if a family member had a disease that could be cured by stem cells, or if one of their children ran away and became homeless, would those personal situations prompt these legislators to break out of their "no compromise" bubble and confront the real issues of today?
I can't understand why the Republicans don't have the mental acuity to generalize from the specific to the broader picture in these social issues.
-- Marcella Lorfing, Sacramento
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