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CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage
CNN ^ | 3/15/2013 | Dana Bash

Posted on 03/14/2013 9:46:19 PM PDT by South40

Washington (CNN) -- You probably recognize Sen. Rob Portman from his tireless campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2012. He was even on the short list to be Romney's running mate.

He's been a leading Republican voice on economic issues for four decades.

Now, the prominent Ohio conservative will be known for something else: reversing his hardline position against gay marriage.

He invited CNN to his Senate office to reveal the news. "I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry," Portman told CNN.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; ohio; pedophiles; perverts; portman; robportman; sodomhusseinobama; ssm
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1 posted on 03/14/2013 9:46:19 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

RINO Portman sold his constituents down the river when he decided to support Romney over Santorum out of hopes he’d be the Veep.

What a freaking surprise.


2 posted on 03/14/2013 9:48:37 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: South40

Next that RINO sissy will invite Anderson Cooper to a sleep over. And the GOP wonders why they have lost decent conservative voters.


3 posted on 03/14/2013 9:53:06 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: South40

Does that mean that Portman now supports Polygamy and Incestuous Marriage as well?

If not, why not? After all, the people involved in those relationships shouldn’t be prevented from Marrying the people they “love”, right?

In fact it’s downright hateful if you only support Gay Marriage if I use the Liberal Logic being spewed by the Liberals, Democrats and of course the Media.

Seems to me it’s an all or nothing position, right Portman?.


4 posted on 03/14/2013 9:59:09 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A Republican freed the Slaves and a Democrat murdered Martin Luther King.)
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To: South40

press conference to announce “I’m caving”, wants libtards to know so he can get his good boy pats on the head from the morally superior we-were-here-first libtards.


5 posted on 03/14/2013 10:01:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: txrefugee
Proof that having an R after your name doesn't make you a conservative. The party has been overrun with liberals, and I don't see a return to conservatism anytime soon. In fact, various party talking heads have said the reason Romney lost was because he was too conservative. They believe that by abandoning conservative principles, the party and its candidates will appeal more to the low information voters who support Obama. So I expect to see more liberalism in the party's future. Conservatives have been abandoned.

Expect to see the party implode...that is, if Der Fuehrer doesn't have it abolished first

6 posted on 03/14/2013 10:03:36 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: South40

And they wonder why Conservatives did not turn out in mass for Romney, the establishment caves to everything the Liberal Left wants, time for the RINO’s to go!


7 posted on 03/14/2013 10:09:16 PM PDT by Trueblackman (As a Conservative, I am proud to be on the Obama's enemy list and on the right side of history..)
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To: Trueblackman

The “new” GOP: “Evolve” on gay marriage as fast as possible and then run to lib media outlets to announce it.

In the last three weeks, this is pretty much par for the course.

Ohio voted 2 to 1 for traditional marriage at the ballot box. He’s thumbing his nose at those votes.


8 posted on 03/14/2013 10:13:34 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: South40

Oxymora, G(a) :

Gay christians
Gay marriage
Gay priests


9 posted on 03/14/2013 10:16:46 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: South40

Portman is a RINO...always was...always will be.


10 posted on 03/14/2013 10:17:07 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: South40

Portman is becoming libertarian along with all the other rinos.


11 posted on 03/14/2013 10:18:28 PM PDT by ansel12 ( August 29,2008 A Natural Born Reformer inadvertently unleashed within palace walls, change ensues.)
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To: South40

Portman has never been a conservative.....


12 posted on 03/14/2013 10:21:10 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Kickass Conservative
If not, why not? After all, the people involved in those relationships shouldn’t be prevented from Marrying the people they “love”, right?

Good point. But it's far too logical for the average liberal to comprehend.

13 posted on 03/14/2013 10:21:34 PM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: South40

Maybe somebody can send this degenerate asshole three bucks worth of rope and hope he does the right thing and hangs himself.


14 posted on 03/14/2013 10:27:55 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: South40

These traitors have already changed the meaning of ‘Republican’.. now they are working on changing ‘Conservative’... DON’T let that happen!!!


15 posted on 03/14/2013 10:36:41 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Molon Labe)
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To: South40

Hey, he is a politician! What do you really expect? This man will tailor his beliefs to whatever he thinks if it is in vogue these days. Anything other than that is garbage.

You don’t just change moral beliefs! Take that with a large grain of salt. You either have them or you make them up for your political benefit. Morality is a lifelong achievement.


16 posted on 03/14/2013 10:44:33 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I want to be able to marry all of my adult sons and their children. There’s no requirement or proof of sexual contact inherent in the new state-recognized marriage, is there? I’m just hoping to take advantage of the ability to have a portion of my estate pass to my spouse(s) free from probate and taxes upon my eventual death. Marrying all my heirs would minimize government’s portion and influence. And I do love them all, if that’s the defining test.


17 posted on 03/14/2013 10:54:56 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: South40
He invited CNN to his Senate office to reveal the news.

I do believe that these freeloading public servants have way too much free time on their hands.

18 posted on 03/14/2013 10:58:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: South40

... and another one bites the dust.

It’s so sad that Mr. Portman does not realize that his son being a homosexual is not the issue. The issue is that the institution of traditional marriage must be upheld so that children can be raised by a MOTHER and a FATHER. Children deserve to have a MOM and a DAD. Period.


19 posted on 03/14/2013 11:17:21 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: South40

It’s easy to tell a Conservative from a Politician - The Politician always goes with the latest polls, the latest trend, etc., the Conservative actually has values that he will always support regardless of popular support. The differences are actually easy to see if you view this within this context.


20 posted on 03/14/2013 11:20:59 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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To: South40

Did he explain or was he asked to explain how two people of the same sex can be husband and wife?

Still waiting for that answer from the same sex “marriage” proponents.


21 posted on 03/14/2013 11:36:01 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: South40; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy; sickoflibs; AuH2ORepublican
Here we go. My newly named Vichy Conservatives:


22 posted on 03/14/2013 11:47:49 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: South40

Well then go to hell Portman. When you get there tell them I won’t be attending.


23 posted on 03/15/2013 12:23:07 AM PDT by Bullish (A genuine President wouldn't allow the Obama's on the White House grounds)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

If you listen to the Media and any other Libtard, Marrying the one you “love” is the defining test. Being against it makes you a Bigot, Hater, Teabagger or Evil Republican.

Preventing Gays from Marrying is akin to the story of Romeo and well, Romeo. Or is it Juliet and Juliet?

Just think what the story would look like in today’s world.

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?
I’m down here doing my Sister you bigoted Republican hater.


24 posted on 03/15/2013 12:33:05 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A Republican freed the Slaves and a Democrat murdered Martin Luther King.)
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To: South40

The world has gone insane as the republican party does nothing to intervene by standing up in support of traditional marriage and the important role of a mother and a father as well. The few in charge who should had never had this degree of power have made things much worse. Everything that is happening; with the economic down turn and the cover up of such; while we see most of the news reporting on stories as this; so the other issues are buried.

They in turn elevate those stories as a top story (though we know it’s agenda driven)
It’s becoming... Gay this.. gay that. Every day...... every where I go.. Gay TV. Enough..I am beginning to believe the agenda driven gays are obsessed with this behavior. They want acceptance/mandate thoughts if they can’t conform different opinions, what will they do to those who disagree...Tolerance.

To Portland: The people out front are activists that are imposing their agenda on all of us while people as you, Mr. Portman, wimp out so you maybe accepted. The Gay issue is the stronghold for the democrats. Ha! Not Americans being exceptional for that loser party!

I distrust/dislike the democratic party from this to the stance on abortion (which is population control to them), the lies, the cover up, the puppet in charge and the destruction in which this party has caused ... while the opposition dines with these malicious calculating dishonest creeps. Hell proud to be called an extremist, John McCain and Co. I pray the majority of these current politicians will be fired in the next election.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 12:54:24 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: South40

Buh-bye, Portman. I guess it shouldn’t be any surprise that a Romney bumkisser would crap on traditional American families by running like a scared bunny rabbit from the militant turd pokers and their newsrooms.

Enjoy your “15 minutes” bouncing from one gleeful, handwringing Democrat TV interviewer to the next, Portman, you traitorous scumbag.


26 posted on 03/15/2013 12:58:30 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: South40

Marriage is between a man and a woman, Mr. Portman. If you can’t comprehend that, you’re not only unfit for office, but you’re no Christian, either.


27 posted on 03/15/2013 1:05:32 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The gay mafia may have something on him.


28 posted on 03/15/2013 1:06:49 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: South40
Ohhhkay....Rob.

What's in your closet?

29 posted on 03/15/2013 1:08:44 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Exactly!


30 posted on 03/15/2013 1:09:09 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
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To: South40

Quite so. In which case, he should resign and allow Gov. Kasich to appoint someone who isn’t compromised. Ken Blackwell would make a fine Senator.


31 posted on 03/15/2013 1:53:20 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: South40

Hey, Portman: SCREW YOU!

Oh, wait . . . maybe he wouldn’t mind that from me now.


32 posted on 03/15/2013 1:58:30 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: South40

OMG!! EITHER Rob is GAY or he has a CHILD that is GAY.....maybe a SIBLING....it’s one of these......IMMORAL......totally IMMORAL.


33 posted on 03/15/2013 1:59:53 AM PDT by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: South40; All
It has to do with another revelation, one deeply personal. His 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.

The notion that we must endorse the sin of someone we love is a reversal of all morality.

Rob Portman, and indeed most of Western civilization, will continue to decline--rapidly--if the population doesn't get this concept correct.

We can love our children, but not their behavior.

What if I were an alcoholic, or what if I were inclined to abuse someone who angers me? I was "born" that way, you know. I can't help myself, it is just the way I am!

Well, Mr. Portman (and the rest of the West!), you are just going to have to accept me. More than that, you're going to have to pass laws that ENDORSE my actions!

There is such a thing as "right" and "wrong".

We are calling good "evil" and evil "good", something the sages from Moses to Jesus to Paul to Aquinas to Calvin and Luther warned against. And we do this to our detriment.

34 posted on 03/15/2013 2:27:50 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: BillyBoy; randita; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg; GeronL; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93; darkangel82; ...

Wow, disgusting. Is Portman just George Voinovich in disguise?

And it’s cause his son is a gay ala Cheney and his lesbo daughter. His precious baby can’t be “discriminated” against, no no. You can’t still love you son while opposing his “right” to “marry” another dude. This is major problem, people with gays in the family find it easier just to be pro-gay especially when it’s their kid. Decency and logic mean nothing as long as junior is happy and doesn’t stop talking to you because you don’t validate and “support” every decision he makes.

I remember there was a lady on here talking about her gay son and how conservative he was on 90% of issues, it was clear from the way she talked that she’d help him rob a bank if that’s what he wanted to do.

Are the floodgates gonna open now? Is half of the of establishment Republican gonna go pro-homo?

Will there be a major pro-homo Republican running in the 2016 primaries?


35 posted on 03/15/2013 3:17:03 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: CountryClassSF

Yes, Rob has been a huge dissapointment. He was handed the Senate seat. Has done nothing with it. No help on filibuster. No words to slow or halt Obama. Just a go along Bushite. Has sold Ohioans down the river.

This takes the cake however


36 posted on 03/15/2013 3:20:27 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Kickass Conservative

If we have to tolerate homosexuality like it is normal, what’s to stop them from making us tolerate pedophilia, bestiality, polygamy.

It’s pretty disgusting.


37 posted on 03/15/2013 4:14:04 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: CountryClassSF

Given that he supported Romney over Santorum , he was probably on the sodomy band wagon already.


38 posted on 03/15/2013 4:32:21 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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>> Portman: “I’m announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about “

Therefore, law will be passed to persecute those that refuse to support and service the son’s homosexual behavior.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 4:36:17 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Gene Eric
I just saw him gushing over his ‘change of heart’ due to his son's limp wristedness. If he wants to follow his son to the lake of fire that's his choice but he has no business using his position to force the rest of us to do the same.
40 posted on 03/15/2013 4:51:17 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: South40
So marriage must be protected except if doing so inconveniences you or a member of your family? It’s “principled” Conservatives like this that are destroying our country and their Party.
41 posted on 03/15/2013 4:52:58 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: South40
One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

Anyone who suddenly abdicates their principles because of a personal situation was never a 'conservative' to begin with.

42 posted on 03/15/2013 5:03:43 AM PDT by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: CountryClassSF

To me he always sounded like a fag himself. One thing is certain he has no principles, no faith, and no character at all. Instead of putting God first and trying to get the boy help he throws God under the bus. What a creepy loser. Just more fodder for the liberal media. This will be the big story for the rest of the day. Hopefully Fox News will ignore it, because the rest of the media will make it the top story of the year.


43 posted on 03/15/2013 7:35:58 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Lancey Howard

Never forget that the man who just lost to Obamagabe, IS THE FATHER OF HOMO MARRIAGE in the United States. Yes it is bad that the communist was relected, but homo loving Romney would have been just as adamant on overturning the DOMA. And he wanted Portman as his running mate. The GOP should be disbanded, and in the eternal words of Ronald Reagan, relegated to the “ash heap of history”.


44 posted on 03/15/2013 7:54:55 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; AuH2ORepublican; Perdogg; GeronL; sickoflibs; justiceseeker93; ...
>> Is Portman just George Voinovich in disguise? <<

That appears to be the case. He's dead to me now.

>> And it’s cause his son is a gay ala Cheney and his lesbo daughter. His precious baby can’t be “discriminated” against, no no. You can’t still love you son while opposing his “right” to “marry” another dude. This is major problem, people with gays in the family find it easier just to be pro-gay especially when it’s their kid. <<

I don't get what the hell is wrong with our society now. It's like people no longer understand the concept that you can love and support a family member/relative without endorsing all their actions. His son has a same-sex attraction, so that makes it OKAY if he wants to "marry" another dude? If his son had dyslexia, would it be OKAY if he wanted to be illiterate? Should we pass laws to celebrate illiteracy so his son feels better about not reading? Sheer insanity.

>> I remember there was a lady on here talking about her gay son and how conservative he was on 90% of issues, it was clear from the way she talked that she’d help him rob a bank if that’s what he wanted to do. <<

And the people brainwashed to support this BS will accuse you of hatred and bigotry against someone they know who is "gay" if you won't join them in drinking the kool-aid. I don't have any close family members who are "gay" (my dad has a "gay" distant second cousin he hasn't seen in 8 years). I mentioned to some pro-gay marriage "devout Catholic" that her position was going against her faith, and she starts going off about a member of our local sci-fi chapter that I know really well is "gay" and HOW DARE *I* "discriminate" again him. I have never bothered the guy about his gay lifestyle or tried to talk him out of it, if he wants to live with a dude I'm not going to interfere with it, but I sure as hell am not going to JOIN him in celebrating it publicly. Whatever happened to all their talking points about how what people do "in the bedroom" of their own homes should be left alone? Apparently not, now everyone else has to champion what they do.

>> Are the floodgates gonna open now? Is half of the of establishment Republican gonna go pro-homo? Will there be a major pro-homo Republican running in the 2016 primaries? <<

So far, only Jon "still polling 1%" Huntman is the only GOP presidential candidate to sell his soul on gay marriage, and he was "against" it in 2012 the way Kerry was "against" it in 2004 and Obama in 2008. What sucks is we can't get rid of this turd Portman until 2016. I agree with fieldmarshaldj, if we can't have Ken Blackwell as GOP Chairman, he'd make an excellent Senator.

45 posted on 03/15/2013 9:38:31 AM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: NKP_Vet
Never forget that the man who just lost to Obamagabe, IS THE FATHER OF HOMO MARRIAGE...

Oh, I won't forget that any more than I'll forget he is also the father of Ubama's communist healthcare. I certainly did not vote for Mittens. The GOP wants to try to foist this sh** on me? Check off, Charlie. No sale.

FRegards,
LH

46 posted on 03/15/2013 9:57:40 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BillyBoy

Good thing I’ve been gone from the state for 13 years or I would’ve wasted a vote on him.


47 posted on 03/15/2013 12:19:58 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: South40

Dramitic, my foot. Portman is merely another republican weather vane. This time the wind was blowing from the direction of his son.

Like so many, the man has no core that can be depended upon.


48 posted on 03/15/2013 1:19:02 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: South40

Another RINO ballyhooed by the MSM as a conservative


49 posted on 03/15/2013 2:15:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Impy
Will there be a major pro-homo Republican running in the 2016 primaries?

Romney was pro-homo as Governor of MA why would he not count?

50 posted on 03/15/2013 2:19:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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