Why any law school-- let alone the Michigan Law School-- would ask Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to speak at a graduation where the grads understand the Constitution better than he does is beyond me. He is no friend of the gay community, and clearly has no grasp of “the equal protection of the laws.”
Two words, Rob: Civil rights. Welcome to 2011.
Portman came under fire for his voting record. He has opposed gay adoption in Washington, D.C. and opposes gay marriage. A number of students who took part in the protest said that such views are incompatible with basic, human dignity. [...]
Almost immediately after announcing Portman as the Senior Day speaker, Caminker was contacted by students who took objection with the choice. [...]
About 60 percent of the graduates wore rainbow buttons or ribbons on their gowns or rainbow tassels on their caps.
Via Think Progress, here are Michigan Law grads walking out of Portman’s speech:
I recently had an argument (the usual frustrating one) with a YouTube commenter who insisted that being gay is a choice. And yes, I did ask him when he made the choice to be straight. I never did get an answer to that.
King Rick Snyder of financial martial law infamy isn't exactly the education governor. Yet he managed to get himself a spot as keynote speaker at the University of Michigan graduation day.
His bad. Via the Detroit Free Press:
As Rick Snyder began delivering his commencement address in the Big House this morning, about two dozen students turned their backs to Michigan’s new governor... Outside, several hundred protesters gathered.
Oh it got better. Check out this photo:
At the morning rally, out in the parking lot, people were wearing union tee shirts and buttons, holding signs protesting cuts, and chanting "recall Rick". But they were respectful of the graduates, so remained quiet and low key. And at the graduation itself, nobody interrupted the king's speech (apologies to the producers of the Oscar-winning movie).
U-M graduating senior Zach Goldsmith was among those who spoke at the rally. He said Snyder has been unmasked as a reactionary conservative instead of the moderate Republican he claimed to be while campaigning for the job.
"Rick Snyder does not speak for me."
Psst! Rick Snyder doesn't do much of anything for you, Zach.
There were 1,100 of us protesters circling The Big House for 1.5 hours while Gov Snyder was there! Lots of support from others!
And for more on what's been happening in Michigan under King Ricky's rule, here are all of our posts.