As a father and husband, I know how important it is to share quality time with the ones you love during the holidays. It’s the time when families get together to celebrate with each other and to enjoy well-loved traditions. As joyous as the season can be, I also know it is an important time to have conversations with our families about the important things in life.
One of those important things is marriage equality.
Marriage equality for same-sex couples isn’t always an easy topic to discuss. But, trust me, you can have this conversation without spilling the eggnog all over Aunt Millie’s carpet. It’s all in the approach.
It’s often easiest to start with family or friends who may be supportive, and go from there. Make no assumptions about another person’s beliefs and be willing to have this conversation with those who feel differently from you. We can’t achieve marriage equality if we just talk to those who currently favor it.
It’s also important to remain calm and understanding because understanding why a person feels a certain way is the first step in helping them to understand your position. Sharing stories about why marriage is important to many same-sex couples can help; both straight couples and those in the LGBT community have personal experiences to draw on about family or friends who want to get married but can’t under Ohio law.
Throughout your conversation, remember the most important messages: Marriage equality is about love and commitment, protecting families, and doing the right thing.
Why Marriage Matters Ohio
Overbuilt at UA
I recently drove around the University of Akron neighborhood. I am an old Akronite, the son of an old Akronite who was born and grew up on Brown Street near the university. The neighborhood has changed; that is no surprise. What might be considered a surprise is the apparent uselessness of InfoCision Stadium.
I have attended UA events at InfoCision Stadium. I would say that the empty seats outnumbered the filled ones six or seven to one.
This structure is obviously overbuilt. It was a mistake, a $61 million mistake. Who is responsible for such a miscalculation? The president? The trustees? The athletic director? I suppose that it will be said that I am unduly bothered by such matters; others will say that what has happened is par for the course.
With the help of local authorities
With Jameis Winston winning the Heisman Trophy this year, does anyone else see the oncoming demise of football at Ohio State and other universities? While it wasn’t a particularly strong team, this might have been Ohio State’s last chance at a national championship.
Think of Florida State coaches on the recruiting trail, saying, “You don’t want to go to Ohio State, its star quarterback and head coach were run off campus because there was trading of illegally acquired memorabilia for tattoos. Come to Florida State, and not only do the campus police have your back, you can count on the support of all area law enforcement.”
We will never know whether Winston is guilty because everything was conveniently suppressed by local law enforcement. Having your back covered like this is a huge incentive for a high school student and his family.
But there is something else to think about. After the word gets around, what kind of father would send his daughter to a school like this? Maybe without coeds, this kind of school will fold.
Path to success
I am responding to the Dec. 17 letter “Put the priority on American jobs.” If the subject wasn’t so serious, I would laugh out loud. The reality is that my grandfather and father no doubt were responsible for this writer’s success.
As Italian immigrants, they were looking for a better life. They found it in America. They came prepared to work hard and to protect our constitutional rights. My dad served in World War I. May I remind this writer and others who think like him, it takes two to tango.
I must comment on the Dec. 1 letter “No basis for insulting tirade.” The writer should have included the ideals the left supports — they are just as extreme. He states that “deliberate lies and hate have no place in any society.” If we follow that idea, we would not have any of our elected officials, at least not at the national level.
I do not think that any of them could be elected without lies or hate. The two parties could not tell the truth even if their lives depended on it. The politicians seem only to care about themselves.
It is time for the states to call a convention and take our government back from these extremists.
Not right for Ohio
In response to the Dec. 19 article “Right-to-work campaign puts Ohio in cross hairs,” there is no evidence that right-to-work laws create jobs. During the Great Recession, the highest unemployment rates were in several of the right-to-work states such as Nevada, Florida and Arizona.
All right-to-work laws do are give people the right to freeload off the gains of others. The answer to economic problems is not to crush unions and create a bunch of minimum wage jobs with no benefits.
It is not hard to understand why big business and conservatives are for right-to-work legislation. This is the same group that wanted to let the country go bankrupt and voted to shut down the government.
I hope if this gets put on the ballot, the people of Ohio vote to keep our state from turning into another low-wage Southern state.
President, USW Local 2L