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Republican senator reverses his opposition to gay marriage after his 21-year-old son comes out
Daily Mail ^ | March 15, 2013 | Katie Davies

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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: fudgepac; gaymarriage; gaystapo; homofascists; homosexualagenda; portman; robportman; sodomhusseinobama
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To: Pinkbell

Spot on. His original stance was a fake. Nobody who believed in marriage would change like that.

151 posted on 03/16/2013 8:06:05 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Pinkbell

So, let me get this straight. His Biblical beliefs made him against gay marriage. His son comes out so the father changes his beliefs and goes against the churhes’ teachings and now supports gay marriage. So, if his other son went out and molested and killed a 9 year old child whould Portman’s feelings on those laws change, too? Or pick any of the ten commandments. Thou shalt not murder. If his gay son kills someone does the father’s beliefs about murder change?

I didn’t know God told us we only had to follow the commandments approved by our children.

152 posted on 03/17/2013 12:51:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I)
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To: Pinkbell
He tries to use the Bible to justify this,...

I call that religious faggotry.

153 posted on 03/17/2013 12:56:02 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: Pinkbell

Aah, BS.

His son ain’t gay, just confused on a social issue that he is trying to align himself with.

I worry about all the people who have suddenly “found themselves gay” and wonder about the suicide rate when they realize they’ve been playing a role not well suited for them, after years of denying themselves the pleasure of the opposite sex.

I got gay friends but, I like chicks, most of em.

They smell better, their softer, love those soft hairs on the nape of their neck, painted fingernails, hint of perfume and I could go on and on and on....

154 posted on 03/17/2013 3:54:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome
His son ain’t gay

But his boyfriend is.

155 posted on 03/17/2013 3:55:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: USAF80
I don't know if that's necessarily true. There may well be politicians who do not use their family members to justify supporting homosexual marriage. I have a sister who is homosexual, but I don't support homosexual marriage.

I understand that this issue can cause dissension in a family, but one must do what is right, and this senator has made the wrong choice.

156 posted on 03/17/2013 3:58:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Twinkie

I know someone who “came out” about a year ago as gay, not bi. Mysteriously they broke up wither their current GF and now have another one.

157 posted on 03/17/2013 4:18:57 PM PDT by matt04
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To: USAF80
One of the downstream results of the deconstruction of marriage, sex and gender (and that´s what this is) is that it will become illegal to even advocate for, or try to strengthen, real marriage.

Exaggerating? Not at all. They´ve already shut down Catholic Adoption Services in IL, MA, and CA because they wouldn´t place kids in homosexual domestic arrangements.

They´ve made it a crime to counsel a minor towards normal gender identity/sexual orientation, even if both the minor and his parents have requested help in strengthening normal psychosexual development.

They´re penalizing anyone involved in a wedding, marriage, or family related business if they don´t cater to sexual deviancy.

Gender confusion in very young children is not even being recognized as a problem: it´s a desired feature, even a proud achievement of the new revolutionary gender system!

Who´s it going to hurt?

It´s getting harder and harder to find anyone it isn´t going to hurt.


158 posted on 03/17/2013 5:22:57 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He turn to you His countenance and give you peace.")
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159 posted on 03/17/2013 5:40:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: sitetest

College guys rarely feign being gay. That’s more common among college girls: LUGs (lesbian until graduation). In part it seems they do it so as to be able to play the field (with guys) without being called sluts. Also, a lot of guys find lesbian shenanigans alluring, and LUGs (and “lipstick lesbians,” too) are often angling for male attention. Women, by contrast, rarely find it titillating to watch male homosexuals make out. It’s an odd difference between the sexes and one I can’t explain.

160 posted on 03/17/2013 11:55:38 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: eater-of-toast
Dear eater-of-toast,

LUGs may be more common than male GUGs (although I've never kept track), and may have different reasons for their actions, but I've seen more than my fair share of GUGs, as well, although often, they don't resolved until some time after college graduation.


161 posted on 03/18/2013 3:41:41 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Women can pull the old “let’s go to the restroom together” and no one will bat an eye. Now if two guys did that there is something going on there.

162 posted on 03/18/2013 5:25:38 AM PDT by USAF80
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