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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In this day and age the Prodigal Son returns not in repentance but in sin.
This is why he decided not to throw his hat in the primary ring last year.
This deal of “coming out” that has become so popular with these kids in the past few years is, I think, suspect. In this area, at one of the high schools, the kids suddenly started “coming out” in droves, embracing and kissing in the hallways, having “sex” in the bathroom stalls (how romantic!) I expect some kids are in the future going to be embarrassed at their recent behavior; because even logical statistical numbers would have precluded there being that huge a number of “gay” kids in any one given place at one time. A fad.
So he’s just another hypocrite?
It’s always the ones with homosexuals in the family that support counterfeit marriage.
"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. "We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
So if he caught he effing the family dog would he drop his opposition to beastiality?
Even Bart Stupak didn’t change his conservative (for a democrat) position on guns when his son killed himself.
Holding Office has become only a place to sit while buying votes to KEEP that Office.
He can’t be very solid on much of anything if he can’t reason his way through things like this with greater clarity than he has exhibited.
This inability to think things through is characteristic of the majority of the population today. They will blindly follow the Demagogue into totalitarianism.
Principe=Principle. (More coffee needed here)
The reason people are sick of the GOP is because they have no moral compass.
They have no convictions. They are not trustworthy.
Had he not thought of the parents of gay children, before he made a stand?
In what , was his opinion of gay marriage based, in the first place?
More “good for me, but not for thee”.
I swear these people are in on some giant conspiracy to destroy America. The dam is breaking and there is no stopping it.
The media will now celebrate him as a hero, and that will only reaffirm his position.
In what , was his opinion of gay marriage based, in the first place? More good for me, but not for thee.
This is insane!
It’s like saying I’ve changed my position on cancer since I found out my brother has it.
Damn it when will people wake up!
He needs to say “son, I love you and always will, but I will not approve of activity that God Almighty has condemned.”
:: He is a lying certified disciple of Saran! ::
Looks like another malaprop headed for history at FR!