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Fair-minded & decent

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Fair-minded & decent

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., deserves praise for fair-mindedness and decency in voting for legislation that is designed to prohibit workplace discrimination against gay men and women.

It should go without saying that a representative of the people would condemn disparate treatment for those whose sexual orientation is not that of the majority, but ours remains a society in which old and baseless hatreds die hard. This is evidenced by the fact that sadly, Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz voted against the measure, pleasing their ultraconservative base.

If Toomey felt entirely beholden to the extreme wing of the Republican Party, he could and would have joined the intolerant and the bigoted. I am grateful that he voted for principle and fairness, and he deserves to be respected for it.

Oren M. Spiegler

Upper St. Clair

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