In the letter, the family emphasized Ellen Ratner’s marriage to Cholene Espinoza as an example of the type of relationship Mandel’s policies would inhibit.
“Your cousins, Ellen Ratner and Cholene Espinoza, are among the many wonderful couples who rights you do not recognize,” the family pointed out. “Their wedding, like yours, was a beautiful and happy occasion for all of us in our family. It hurts us that you would embrace discrimination against them and countless other loving couples in Ohio and around the country.”
The Ratners also mentioned they have strong connections in the Cleveland area and throughout the state. They also said Mandel’s political views “violates these core values of our family.”
They hope Mandel’s views will change over time.
“Nevertheless, we hope that over time, as you advance in years and wisdom, you will come to embrace the values of inclusiveness and equality as well,” they said.