Gay family is popping out everywhere, from GOP Sen. Rob Portman’s gay son to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ lesbian cousin Jean Podrasky.
Podrasky will be attending Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s arguments before the Supreme Court on gay marriage (specifically Prop 8 and DOMA).
Podrasky, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her partner Grace Fasano, announced the news in a blog post at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
I know that my cousin is a good man. I feel confident that John is wise enough to see that society is becoming more accepting of the humanity of same-sex couples and the simple truth that we deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and equality under the law. I believe he understands that ruling in favor of equality will not be out of step with where the majority of Americans now sit. I am hoping that the other justices (at least most of them) will share this view, because I am certain that I am not the only relative that will be directly affected by their rulings.
The LA Times reports that Podrasky got the tickets to this week’s oral arguments by emailing Roberts’ sister, who put her in touch with Roberts’ secretary. Podrasky and her partner hope to meet Roberts during their trip.
It can’t be talked about enough, the power of coming out. It’s why National Coming Out Day, which has become almost a cliché over the years for those of us who have been out for a while, is still so important and not cliché at all. It’s incredibly powerful when important people have gay relatives, and know about it. It’s why GOP Senator Rob Portman changed from being bad on everything gay to now endorsing gay marriage. It’s easy for politicians to generalize their distaste for us, but it’s much harder when it’s personal.
It’s hard to deny the humanity of someone you know and love.