A candidate vying for an Ohio Senate seat is struggling to win the approval of his in-laws.
Republican candidate Josh Mandel spent his campaign reinforcing his values against gay marriage and gay military members. He is currently running against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.
While trying to convince Ohio constitutes to support him in the polls, he is having trouble getting support on the home front.
The family of Mandel’s wife issued a public letter expressing their disappointment in their son-in-law’s stance against gay marriage.
“Four years ago you came into our family. We still remember the excitement surrounding your wedding, and how happy our family members were as they described it afterwards,” the family expressed. “So we were deeply saddened when you announced during your Oct. 18 debate with Sen. Sherrod Brown that you believe only some people should share this right to marry the person they love, while others should not.”
Members of his wife’s family include notable figures in business such as Bruce Ratner, a real estate mogul, Michael Ratner, part-owner of the NBA Brooklyn Nets, and Fox News contributor and president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Ellen Ratner.