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.
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I agree that this is the absolutely worst reason to change position on gay marriage. Don’t other people have children who are gay? Is he saying that unless it impacts him, that it doesn’t matter? He has revealed himself to be very shallow on one of the most important issues of the day.
However, I always am amazed at the comments on these types of threads that call the kid a pervert who should be cut off and disowned. The kid told his father that he was gay. He didn’t have gay sex in front of him. He wasn’t making out in public in a Gay Pride Parade. He’s gay and we have not evidence that he’s some gay activist or anything other than an otherwise normal person. Let him alone to live his life. Don’t immediately assume he’s going to be prancing around in a speedo screaming “We’re Here, We’re Queer.”
Bullshit! Queers have the same opportunity everyone else have. They have the same rights everyone else has.
Another rotten-ass turncoat in the Republican Party. Inexcusable! First of all, I wouldn’t want to admit to the world that my son was a homosexual. Second, I wouldn’t want to admit that I soul-searched the Bible and was unable to find the very explicit condemnation of homosexual behavior.
This man is disgusting to jump ship and approve of degenerate behavior just because his son is a sicko. Has his son been counseled to get help? Of course not . . . because homosexuality has so much to offer . . . an average lifespan of 39-41 years of age.
Our lousy governor now embraces Obambicare, and now this corrupt politician is endorsing the whole homosexual disgusting life-style.
Once again, Ohio loses.
the next we will hear from Portman is that his son is pregnant and He now supports earthworms and flowers. keep in mind earthworms and flowers are hermaphrodites - the ability to be either male or female in regards to sexual activity.
the problem in America is that America is so focused on S-E-X that the Americans have become to lose all reasonable ability to think.
God wrote the Bible regarding what is appropriate.
America will fall just like Rome. The soldiers were more concerned about keeping their “johnsons” occupied than caring about their weapons (spear, and shield). here now, the government wants to take away guns, yet supports homosexuals as the status quo.
However, this ‘episode’ simply confirms GOP couldn't be trusted, talks about reform, re-brand GOP image will not work. Don't know how many realize that.
ALL sodomites need professional help. The people of this former Republic prefer to enable their perversions, and turn the country into hell.
He called CNN to come to his office to tell them that...WHY??? Is HE gay and being Blackmailed?? He always seemed a TAD too effeminiate.
MSNBC just said that the Romney campaign woman who was in charge of the VP pick KNEW about the capitulation.
She is saying it did not play a part.
Is the old and crusty guard in on a USSC secret?
remember Sotomayor, is widely rumored, prewrites opnions and preconcludes cases before arguments.
Is Portman comming out to block any federal constitutional amendment? probably.
they played a clip, he cam accross as lying through his teeth. He sould have booted his son out of the house. Christian does not mean must accept “played for a fool.”
logic and reason dictate homosexual conduct is a choice and is not acceptable.
Well said, Pinkbell.
My oldest daughter is a lesbian and it hasn’t changed my mind about about gay marriage.
When she married her partner in Washington DC last March my husband and I were not there.
She knows I believe her baptism does not cover what she is doing.
>>>He should have kicked his son out.>>>
Better yet, he should have sat his son down and explained to him that he would be one of the people who saved the world from God’s wrath if he accepted the bible and made his life a sacrifice to God. When a virgin resists the temptation of sex, she adds another reason for God to bless mankind, and a gay has the same ability to resist temptation. Why do we think we have the right to ignore God’s law?
>> So if he caught he effing the family dog would he drop his opposition to beastiality?
>>>’The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible,>>>
Guess someone snipped the bit about Sodam and Gomorra out of his bible.
So in essence Ohioans voted for the son! What is this guys stance on Illegals? If the Kid wants to marry a Mexican Illegal will that change the direction of what side of the fence this fool is gonna fall on. Are there no Politicians that live by their convictions and not blow with the wind?
I will never understand the power this particular depravity holds over human beings. People don’t change their opinion of theft or murder because a loved one is a thief or a killer. But if the family member announces he’s a sodomite, suddenly it’s just fine.
I’m convinced it’s one of the greatest successes the devil has ever had.
Holding Office has become only a place to sit while buying votes to KEEP that Office.
True dat. Portman's sellout fits right in with Pat Cadell's comments about how the RINO party has been lost to career pols who care only about hanging onto power.
However, I think Portman's position is similar to that of many weak-minded people. The gay lobby is gaining a foothold everywhere because parents don't want to think badly of their homosexual offspring. Churches are caving on the issue because parents don't want to think of their homosexual sons and daughters suffering eternal torment; so they change God's rules to something kinder and gentler.
One of the things we’re learning without a doubt is that the GW Bush administration was shot clear through with supporters of the radical sodomite agenda.
The more I think about this, the more I agree with those who think that government should be out of the marriage business.
Whatever they THINK will get them re-elected, and covering their closet-issues that come forth to protect from attacks. Sex deviate-in-the-family is no longer a black mark, in Politics.
Lipstick on a pig doesn't matter, if it can fool the un-informed, which is the voterbase today, for the most part. 24/7 State-Run-Media Indoctrination via Progressive Talking Points has dummed-down and fooled Amerika into where we are today......the Constitution is now "Old School", and essentially irrelevant and will remain so with the Progressives'-planted Judges that control the Court Rooms everywhere.
The sodomites love that position. In public forums I've seen them stand to their feet and cheer it, in fact. I ask you to please rethink this.
Fact is, marriage is not only a spiritual thing, a sacrament if you will, it is the foundation of civil society. It is the most basic building block of human governance and economy. The state has an overriding interest. The survival and health of the natural family is of the gravest importance to any nation, a matter of our very survival.
“logic and reason dictate homosexual conduct is a choice and is not acceptable.”
Good for you. Prayers with you for the sacrifice you have made, and blessings from God.
Just correct the spelling/grammer errors first!
I would argue that this is a reason to extend the terms of representatives from two years to at least four. Our current system means that HoR members are perpetually running for office.
If he’s a homosexual, he IS a pervert.
If it were my son, it would be pretty hard to leave him alone and let him live his life, as though there’s nothing wrong with being a sodomite. Scripture is plain when it comes to the eternal destination of homosexuals. How could a believing parent not care?
Yes, I didn’t think we elected Senators to change their position on issues based on the lifestyle of their 21 year old kid. Pretty ridiculous, he must not even realize what an idiot he sounds like when he tells the whole country that his 21 year old is the Senator’s moral compass.
I’m sure he’ll get a pass since gay marriage is the new thing, but someday it will be as popular as new Coke.
...to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,’....
Ew! I cannot believe he said that.
And coaxes the father over to the dark side.
“opening marriage up to homosexual couples ‘strengthens the institution’ and he realized his son’s sexuality ‘wasn’t a choice’. “
Why just couples?
And where is the data to support your belief that your son’s sexuality isn’t a choice?
Its like saying Ive changed my position on cancer since I found out my brother has it.
Another sad example of putting personal interests over the interests of the people. Toss the a$$ out of office.
Yeah, Saran thought he had it all wrapped up, but I saw right through him.
You can tell this hypocrite’s faith really meant a lot to him. Instead of trying to get the boy help and his head screwed on straight, he put the son ahead of God. This hypocrital worm should never set foot inside a church again.
So I guess we know which way candy-ass, girly man Portland will vote on the Defense of Marriage Act. What a loser.
“The sodomites love that position.”
I don’t get it. I think that they love that the state is involved, I don’t see why they wouldn’t? It gives them the power to punish and keep punishing those who will never buy into ‘gay marriage’ or whatever other impossibility the state decides to recognize as a marriage. They love that the state defines the institution for so many and that they have been conditioned to accept whatever the state acccepts as marriage, even something everyone knew was impossible only 30 years ago.
I think that is the big reason why it will never happen, it’s got people on both sides who want the state involved for completely different reasons.
Who's stopping him from marrying a woman?
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!"
Ah, there is another good man of principle... not.
You are correct, he can still love the son but not the action.
If the SOB had been a real father to the boy and showed him how to be a man, and how to take care of a family, and how to put God first in his life, the boy not have turned into a sodomite, which is a learned trait. Candy ass Robbie was too busy being bossed around by his wife to be a real father. Never in my life have I met a homosexual that had a strong father in the home. Blame this creep Portland for the son’s fall.
Saran is such a nuisance. He’s so clingy.
Portman is a reliable financial conservative vote, except when it goes too far toward the people but was considered by others as a good pick for GOP Veep choice because his leanings didn’t “offend anyone!”
Very disappointing... I’ve always liked the guy. Thought he would have been a smart choice for VP. So, don’t feel like you’re the only one fooled.
You either believe in marriage, or you don’t. NOTHING my two sons could ever do or say or think they are changes my opinion about the institution defined by God.
This will hurt Republicans badly. As someone else said, Portman will now be invited on to EVERY lib TV show... and, they use to say we’re ALL hypocrits.
Great post! Along the same lines:
1) If his teenage daughter got pregnant and wanted to abort, would he start supporting abortion on demand?
2) If his son liked young boys instead of grown men, would he support repeal of age of consent laws for homosexuals?
I am pretty sure Saran is involved in a cover-up.
If so, it will still be more transparent than the Obama administration.
And we are to read from these stories that when the Prodigal Son returns to his Father, his Father not only forgives him and accepts him, but changes all the rules of the House to accommodate the depravity the Prodigal Son has become accustomed to.
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" - Romans 6:1-2
Portman does his son no favors by condoning behavior that God expressly names as abomination.
He is lecturing us about the Bible??
He is a total disgrace as a Senator to use the Bible as evidence for promoting a degenerate lifestyle.