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.