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    Problem is that lawmakers are nothing like the average American

    It’s wonderful that Senator Rob Portman now supports same-sex marriage because his college-aged son has come out to him as gay. The personal experience of having a gay family member influenced Portman, an Ohio Republican, to flip his position. I wonder how many members of Congress have loved ones who are dependent upon Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Medicaid? Probably not too many, since in 2010 the median estimated wealth was $746,000 for members of the House of Representatives and $2.6 million for senators.

    We continue to elect people to Congress who are nothing like the average American, and then we wonder why they don’t look out for those in need.

    John D. Lennhoff

    North Andover