While clarifying his views on gay marriage last month, President Barack Obama noted that much of the debate is generational. As a college student, I have seen firsthand the truth in that sentiment. Even among my conservative friends, gay and lesbian equality is virtually a nonissue. Young people today expect equal rights for LGBT individuals, and when they’re not given, they’re demanded. Twelve years ago, an Ohio State University student government president called on the university to support domestic-partner benefits. That student was Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Obama has said his stance on gay marriage has evolved over time; Mandel’s stance, however, appears to have devolved. As a state representative, Mandel voted against adding protections for sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws and said he was wrong for supporting domestic-partner benefits in college. Mandel has made it clear he has no true position and his votes are for sale to special interests.
Lex Tallan, Pickerington