Justice Roberts’ lesbian cousin will attend Tuesday’s Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

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.

jean-podraskyI 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.


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  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Over at the Frankenstein place!

  • Moderator3

    Reported

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Comment history says ‘robo-spam.’

  • LesMaggie

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  • UncleBucky

    Mine is out of its warranty period. I wanna ‘nother!

  • UncleBucky

    Rocky Becca mmmmmmm!

  • UncleBucky

    Yeap, when it happens, why the nearest marriage goes PHHHTTTTT! Just like that. {/sarcasm}

    Dagnabbit. EQUAL NOW.

  • UncleBucky

    Dagnabbit. EQUAL NOW.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Well then, I’ll just have to drink more coffee and faster.

  • Stev84

    He is a conservative, but not a lunatic like Scalia. He has to be concerned about the reputation of his court and knows very well that a ruling upholding DOMA wouldn’t last another 15/20 years.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Bullshit!

    Every time ya allow your cream to sour, another straight becomes gay.

    Keep this in mind when ya ruin your next cup-a-Joe!

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    “the time it was legal in SF,”

    We’re still waiting for our marriage to fail because of that dastardly decision.

    The good wife and I still toss and turn every night thinking about how much fun these heathens are having while we toss and turn every night thing about these heathens having fun.

    How can we possibly escape this dilemma so I can get back to havin’ some nookie instead of tossing and turning all night?

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Since when has family influence been different than any other type of influence?

  • A W

    My my my mmmmy my my my……yeah I got it ;)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I look forward with great antici….

    …–pation (props to anyone who gets that reference) to hearing the arguments, as well as the Justices’ questions, which often give hints as to their leanings. (Well, I don’t want to hear Justice Troll Scalia’s remarks, which are sure to be deliberately inflammatory and homophobic, but at least we’ll be able to count on Silent Thomas remaining that way.)

    But on the other hand, it will be many months yet before we hear a decision. I for one don’t think they’d issue a summary judgement, for example, denying standing to the PropH8 proponents. So it’ll be a lot of waiting and a lot of nail-biting for those of us living in Inequality America.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I blame the toaster oven reward system.

  • Indigo

    Justice Roberts knows right from wrong, the question is whether he’ll acknowledge that gays have constitutional rights. He might.

  • nicho

    Well, that’s how I became gay.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    It would have been better if this story had not gone public. He now will feel pressure to show that he’s not being influenced by family.

  • Drew2u

    I was going to make a satirical comment about a group of parents and friends getting together to bash their friends/children, but then realized it wasn’t satire at all…..

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Being a member of a hate group is different than being a member of a minority. It’s the difference between being black and being a klansman. One is a choice, the other who you are (in addition to the moral and ethical differences). This is why in part the “choice” argument is so effective. People tend to be more sympathetic to things that you are, rather than things that you choose to be. If Sotomayor had a straight married brother who magically became gay because the gay couple next door got married, then yes I’d expect it to possibly influence her opinion too :) Good luck :)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Sure. That nut that heads, or headed, the anti-gay version of pflag has a gay son.

  • jomicur

    I’m not sure how much of a difference this could make. I agree about the power of coming out, but that power can only extend so far. After all, the landscape is littered with conservatives who have gay kids yet haven’t changed their doggedly anti-gay views. Phyllis Schlafly, Alan Keyes and Randall Terry come to mind. Let’s hope Roberts is (at least slightly) more decent than them.

  • nicho

    I have mixed feelings about this. I think it’s great that the issue is personalized for him. OTOH, were Justice Sotomayor to have a family member — who was a member of NOM — attend the meeting, should we expect that to influence her vote?

  • S1AMER

    We’re everywhere!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Good thing his cousin didn’t get married during the time it was legal in SF, or Roberts’ marriage would have been toast. Then who would take care of his adopted children?

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