Michigan Law School grads walk out due to anti-gay marriage Senator commencement speaker

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    May 09, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    http://www.coffeehousetalks.com/2011/05/for-next-generation-of-lawyers-lgbt.htmlThe demonstration itself was amazing. At I looked at my classmates stand, all I could see was a rising wall of black robes. Dean Caminker paused in his introduction from pure shock that it could possibly be this many people walking out. No one hooted, no one hollered, no one jeered, we just silently and powerfully declared that we are not going to remain there for this man's honor. I nearly cried when a couple people in the audience started to applaud before catching themselves. One of my friends told me she had never felt so obviously supported in her life. Outside, it was clear this was a celebration of our LGBT friends, family, classmates, and loved ones. Check out the attitude in the room in this video (in which I am also interviewed - note that the "he" giving the introduction refers to Caminker):


    Rob Portman (R-OH) also voted against gay adoption.
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    May 09, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    This is great !!! There's a lot of good lawyers going out into the working world to practice law !! Good for you guys !!! How many was in the graduating class alltogether? Was it about a third who walked out ?
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    May 09, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    I thought about 100 (out of 160) walked out.
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    May 10, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    WOW! awesome!
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    May 10, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    WOW is an understatement...I'm freaking misty.

    and JP...Could you be any prouder.
    Dang, I'm proud for you.

    What sucks it will take YouTube to make this national news

    Thanks so much for posting
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    May 10, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    Well first congratulations on graduating, that's great in itself but also to have you make such a bold statement about what is acceptable in today's society is fantastic! Nice job, well done, and most importantly you peacefully left an undeniable message to the rest of the folks in that room. Nice job!
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    May 10, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    No credit? Probably due to the college loans?

    jprichva saidThere is a video of this on the thinkprogress.com website. Three students are interviewed, one of them is my son.

    Is this the link?
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/09/portman-michigan-walkout
    (Only 2 students are interviewed.)

    I'm sure some of the students walked because the Senator was from OHIO!
    (:
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    May 10, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidNo credit? Probably due to the college loans?

    jprichva saidThere is a video of this on the thinkprogress.com website. Three students are interviewed, one of them is my son.

    Is this the link?
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/09/portman-michigan-walkout
    (Only 2 students are interviewed.)

    I'm sure some of the students walked because the Senator was from OHIO!
    (:


    If he'd been from Michigan no one would have shown up.
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    May 10, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    Had he (or she!) been from Michigan, the Senator wouldn't have been anti-gay.