OH Sen. Rob Portman Supports Gay Marriage After Son Comes Out as Gay

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Prominent Ohio Republican Rob Portman reverses his stance on gay marriage after revealing that his son, Will Portman, is gay. This is at odds with the position on same sex marriage held by many prominent Republicans such as Sen. Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney and others. So, like Dick Cheney, Rob Portman suddenly has a change of heart because it hits close to home and he wants the best for his son. Talk about right wing hypocrisy. I would make the same argument that their hardline stance on gun control could be swayed if, God forbid, one of their children was killed in a mass shooting.

Portman said his son, a junior at Yale University, told him and his wife, Jane, that he’s gay and “it was not a choice, it was who he is and that he had been that way since he could remember.”

“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 told reporters in an interview at his office.

The conversation the Portmans had with their son two years ago led to him to evolve on the issue after he consulted clergy members, friends — including former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is gay — and the Bible.

“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, adding that he feels that “in a way, this strengthens the institution of marriage.” Source

It’s funny how his interpretation of the Bible has now shifted, considering he was a longtime supporter of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. He now says he believes “same-sex couples who marry legally in states where it’s allowed should get the federal benefits that are granted to heterosexual married couples but aren’t currently extended to gay married couples because of DOMA, such as the ability to file joint tax returns.” Personally, I don’t believe I have the right to tell gay couples who they should love and that their sexual orientation is a choice.  The right wing evangelical hypocrites can’t possibly like this news! Good for him.

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