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  • Rob Portman (R-OH) Reverses Gay Marriage Stance After Son Comes Out

    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has reversed his stance on same-sex marriage two years after learning that his son is gay, several Ohio news outlets, including the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported Friday.

    In an interview with Ohio reporters in his Senate office, Portman said that his son, Will, came out to the senator and his wife in February 2011.

    "It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have -- to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman said.

    Portman said that his son, who is now a junior at Yale University, inspired him to reassess his position on same-sex unions. The senator also consulted clergy on the matter, as well as friends such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is openly gay. According to Portman, Cheney told the senator to "follow [his] heart" on the matter.

    "The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible, and certainly the Golden Rule, and the fact that I believe we are all created by our maker, that has all influenced me in terms of my change on this issue," Portman said.

    Portman's announcement comes just days before the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Defense Of Marriage Act, the federal ban on same-sex marriage. Portman co-sponsored the measure as a member of the U.S. House in 1996. And in 2009, Portman voted for a measure prohibiting same-sex couples in Washington state from adopting children.

    In 2011, Portman's "openly hostile" record on gay rights led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school's graduation ceremony.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/rob-portman-gay-marriage_n_2881805.html

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    Good!

    I'd get upIf I knew I fell.

  • #2

    Typical republican - "I didnt give a **************** about it, until it affected me."

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    • coyote-1
      coyote-1 commented
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      Just Me wrote:

      Typical republican - "I didnt give a **************** about it, until it affected me."


      Incorrect. It's worse than that: The guy DID give a ****************. He ran his campaign aginst it!
      If they didn't give a ****************, they would no be so actively opposing it.

       

      So even though you backed into it for the most selfish of reasons, Senator - Welcome to the Enlightenment.


    • Meeloshxyz
      Meeloshxyz commented
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      Just Me wrote:

      Typical republican - "I didnt give a **************** about it, until it affected me."



      Nah, it doesn't really have anything to do with his political affiliation.  Just immature people who only care about themselves and the ones in their own circle.


  • #3

     Reality Bites Portman on the ass.

     

    Welcome to the bright side Senator.

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    • #4

      These ****************************s are self centered. It's all about when something affects them.

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      • RogueGnome
        RogueGnome commented
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        Hey, I have a fabulous idea:

        How 'bout "separate but equal"?


    • #5

      .:Ed Phobes:. wrote:

      Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has reversed his stance on same-sex marriage two years after learning that his son is gay, several Ohio news outlets, including the Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reported Friday.

      In an interview with Ohio reporters in his Senate office, Portman said that his son, Will, came out to the senator and his wife in February 2011.

      "It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have -- to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman said.

      Portman said that his son, who is now a junior at Yale University, inspired him to reassess his position on same-sex unions. The senator also consulted clergy on the matter, as well as friends such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is openly gay. According to Portman, Cheney told the senator to "follow [his] heart" on the matter.

      "The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible, and certainly the Golden Rule, and the fact that I believe we are all created by our maker, that has all influenced me in terms of my change on this issue," Portman said.

      Portman's announcement comes just days before the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Defense Of Marriage Act, the federal ban on same-sex marriage. Portman co-sponsored the measure as a member of the U.S. House in 1996. And in 2009, Portman voted for a measure prohibiting same-sex couples in Washington state from adopting children.

      In 2011, Portman's "openly hostile" record on gay rights led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school's graduation ceremony.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/rob-portman-gay-marriage_n_2881805.html

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      Good!


      It looks like the guy "evolved" on it, even though it was not politically expedient. Good for him.

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