Skip to comments.Republican senator reverses his opposition to gay marriage after his 21-year-old son comes out
Posted on 03/15/2013 5:04:58 AM PDT by Pinkbell
A respected Republican senator has announced he is reversing his stance against gay marriage after his 21-year-old son came out to him and his wife.
Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican considered as a running mate by the Romney campaign, said the discovery that his son Will, 21, was gay had given him a 'new perspective' and understanding of why equal opportunities matter.
Will, a junior at Yale University, came out to his politician father and mother, Jane, two years ago, The Plain Dealer reports.
Portman, who backed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, says since his son's announcement he has been reconsidering his views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
He said he had spent some time speaking to his church in Cincinnati and former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is gay.
Today he wanted to officially and publicly reverse his political position on the issue.
'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 the local paper.
'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.'
He added that he believed opening marriage up to homosexual couples 'strengthens the institution' and he realized his son's sexuality 'wasn't a choice'.
He said his son had not exerted any influence on him politically but supported his new position and 'encouraged' him.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Our actions are as imprinted on our personal history as any tattoo.
Unfortunately, there is no laser-removal program for our actions.
Not that our actions cannot be forgiven and wiped clean with God through the blood of Jesus Christ, but as a society we are condoning thoughtless, impulsive, ‘hip’ behavior that leads to actions that most will regret with maturity and the turning away from the Self and other childish ways should bring.
As we are finding with the emotional and psychological trauma that women past midlife are now suffering from the abortions they chose, so we may find a generation living with a mountain of regret for actions they cannot undo.
In my opinion, in today's version of the prodigal, the prodigal has no need to return to his father, he merely sends the old man a text, informing him he's gay and tells him to put more money in his account.Oh, this is too good. I think you've nailed it... -lol- (at your composition, not the actual sin of it all)...
He adds, he'll bring his latest lover home for a meet & greet at Thanksgiving, if he has time!
The old man texts his son back asking, "which bank R U using now?" Adding, "Ur mom & I can't wait 2 see U & Leslie!"
Maybe I should hang on to my Goat after all!
It will never be normal; it will never be beautiful; it will never be loving! It is a perversion of the highest order, and I will never join the chorus in celebrating this sick practice. I'll leave that for Holly-weird and the Politically Correct among us.
“wasn’t a choice”?
he should ask who molested his son.
Love the sinner, hate the sin. That’s what it boils down to.
Which is most definitely a clear and present danger to the republic....
Of course! After all, doesn't God want dogs, goats and pigs to experience a loving relation? The justice of God, to Portman and many moderns, is nothing more than a vague feeling of self-satisfaction. Just Do It!
Very few politicians have core beliefs, they are actors, who play a role that gives them the best chance to get elected.
Garbage. He was betrayed same as all of us who supported his worthless carcass.
Portman, traitor to the nation.
If he wants to stab AMerica in the back, he should have switched parties to the Demmunists first.
Not true. They make it seem that way. The numbers have always hovered around 2%. They want everyone think otherwise. Every family may have a family member who was sexually assaulted by a homo or butch lesbo. Those numbers will start climbing oncethey get the green light because of all these homo friendly laws passed by sorry politicians.
OMG!!! Sadly I think you are right because those families HAVE NO JESUS IN THEIR LIVES!!!!
they are not like heteros....their drives are different...although, I'm sure one could find life long partners, but they are the exception not the rule, IMO anyway...
just let them marry though...let them pay the marriage penalty....let them have the same responsibilities as real married people...like having to pay bills for each other, etc...
since "marriage" is not really "marriage" anymore, I predict that as a govt sanctioned institute, it will die a slow death....
it'll be up to the Churches to have marriages.......maybe it should have been that way from the start...
there are changes going on like a huge rock rolling downhill.....we can't stop it...but we can move out of the way from being crushed....
true conservatives should have basic govt tenets....strong defense, balanced budgets with small govt, and borders that actually are borders...
now that the sheeple idiotic voters in my state legalizes weed, and gay marriage, all I got to say is at least make tax money on the deal....
There is no scenario where I ever vote for a politician that supports gay marriage. We can head to outright communism or, preferably, a civil war before I'd do that.
Portman must be defeated in the next primary. I don't even care if Republicans lose the seat if that is what it takes to rid the party of politicians that support gay marriage.
It shouldn't even matter what his personal opinion is. He represents the people of Ohio. If he fails to represent them, he has to be defeated.
According to what? The last time I checked, the last vote on the issue in a conservative state resulted in a marriage amendment passing 61-39 in North Carolina last year.
I don't believe for a minute the majority in Ohio want gay marriage, let alone within in the Republican party.
I couldn't care less.
He and the Republican party are going to be made to realize they will remain conservative on social issues or have no chance of winning elections.
You had your choice between Portman and a Democrat which you know would be for gay marriage and also for Obamacare, etc. etc., etc.
RINOs are merely political cowards as they'd be registered in other states or they view democrats as unsophisticated and want to think of themselves as elite, which they don't think of as the other party.
That's why they tossed the term "Reagan Republicans" for "Eisenhower Republicans!" They would hav claimed themselves "Rockefeller (as in Nelson Rockefeller) Republicans" but he lost and died in an unsavory manner!
True. But we also need to know what the standards are that our rep will abide by, because they do make autonomous decisions at times, and have to think on their feet.
What's idiotic about that?
And if he’s not thinking about Ohio?
We’re not praying for our leaders as we should, which is why stuff like this happens.
So Portman’s message to us is that a universal human institution, known from the beginning of time as reckoned in human terms, now has to change because his little boy is queer!
R-i-i-i-i-ght ... you got it, Robbie.
I happen to think a politician should keep his campaign promises. There is nothing worse than flip-flopping politician with no core beliefs.
I agree. I will vote against it when I can, but I know it is going to happen.
I don’t really care at all- because I am going to let God deal with them, but I doubt many of them actually want to get married anyway.
This is about eroding faith in our country, but really the only ones who they are going to hurt is themselves.
"According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.It's a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided into four basic stages.The first stage being "demoralization".It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy exposed to the ideology of [their] enemy. In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of American students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism; American patriotism.Most of the activity of the department [KGB] was to compile huge amount / volume of information, on individuals who were instrumental in creating public opinion. Publisher, editors, journalists, uh actors, educationalists, professors of political science. Members of parliament, representatives of business circles.Most of these people were divided roughly into two groups: those who would tow the Soviet foreign policy, they would be promoted to positions of power through media and public manipulation; [and] those who refuse the Soviet influence in their own country would be character assassinated OR executed physically, come Revolution. "--KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov--Soviet Subversion of the Free Press (Ideological subversion, Destabilization, CRISIS - and the KGB)
That’s the real tragedy of this. He actually admitted he ‘ll change his positions based on his familiy members behavior. Damn his constituents and the platform he ran on, if his son likes getting railed by men at Yale it must be good for America. And another thing—all of US dumping on Portman should hold Cheney to the same standard.
Really? What if you found out someone you love is a murderer? I think 'perspective' has nothing to do with it. The politician is a spineless unprincipled scumbag -a leaf that goes wherever the wind blows.
Homosexual sex is self destructive societally and individually EVEN if someone you love chooses to engage in the depraved activity.
Well, now there goes a politician with bedrock principles./s
What if his son admitted to sex with children?
He’d support that?
Or his son with a duck or Marybelle the ewe?
Going to support that?
Sheesh! Talk about a human wind vane!
Got to be a RINO.
As the old saying goes, “Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.”
Portman’s read on the Constitution depends on what his kid does. Better keep an eye on what Will’s up to, that will determine his vote!!
The Bible ‘converts’ never seem to be willing to explain how/why ‘man’ was created such as he is physically and that ‘woman’ was created as she is physically. Indeed such a difference is not a unique characteristic of/to life. My difficulty with such attitudes is that these want to make/place everyone in an identical moral and existent human framework.
*****A respected Republican senator...*****
When an article begins with a statement like this - you know what’s coming...........
LOL! True! He’s a media darling now.
At least he’s still pro-life. Hopefully his daughter won’t decide to have an abortion, or that might change too.
So would he accept his son’s behavior if he became a drug addict? At least when people have drug addict kids, they send them to rehab. They don’t go on a crusade to make the whole world embrace dug addiction as something wonderful and wholesole.
“If he was following the Bible, he would love his son, but he wouldn’t support his lifestyle and wouldn’t want to redefine marriage.”
What penalty does the Bible prescribe for homosexuality and disobedient children? Aren’t you being a bit soft?
The RINOs need quit bitching about CPAC and start a new group...
They could call it “FudgePAC.”
So this guy never cared enough to contemplate why God thinks homosexual behavior is wrong.
Either that or he is just a coward who is a afraid to have a heart-to-heart talk with his son.