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GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage

Published: Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 8:36 a.m.

GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage

CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is now supporting gay marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay.

Ohio’s junior senator disclosed his change of heart in interviews with several Ohio newspapers and CNN. In an op-ed published today in The Columbus Dispatch he said the decision came after a lot of thought.

“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” he wrote.

As a member of the House in 1996, Portman voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Portman said his views on gay marriage began changing in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay and that it wasn’t a choice but “part of who he was.” Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive.

He said it prompted him to reconsider gay marriage from a different perspective, that of a father who wants all three of his children to have happy lives with people they love.

He said he talked to his pastor and to people on both sides of the gay marriage issue, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is opposed to gay marriage, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who supports it. Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian.

Portman told reporters Thursday that his previous views on marriage were rooted in his Methodist faith.

“Ultimately, for me, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God,” he wrote.


1bumbob(146 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad the senator did this.

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2ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Aside from me not agreeing with his view what kind of respect can I have for a person who makes a change in decision on a topic that NOW hits his own family.

So if his son wasn`t gay he would still be against gay marriage?

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3DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Why is it these guys only change their minds when an issue affects them personally? Parents of gay children have been saying this for years but Portman and the GOP have never heard them or empathized with them. Now that the issue affects Portman directly he is full of compassion.

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4James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

They're ALL Republicrats- owned and operated by the international banksters with their $$$MONEY$$$.

"Israel owns our Congress"- Jim Traficant

"Don't be fooled..."

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5ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks JS for stating the obvious. It never occurred to me that living in the United States people had free choice. Have any other nuggets you`d like to share?

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6walter_sobchak(2674 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The Bible's overarching theme of love and compassion have nothing to do with endorsing an immoral act. We must all have love for our fellow souls as we are all sinners. "Why do you tell me about the splinter in my eye when you can't see the log in your eye?" When we sin, we turn away from God and his agape. So, I am to love the sinner but not the sin. Don't expect me to endorse their sinful ways. I will pray that they see the errors of their ways, repent, and believe in the Gospels. Marriage is legally, religiously and traditionally defined as a union of one man and one woman.

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7RTS1416(117 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Walter.

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8dmacker(519 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

"U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is free to support whatever he wants. The majority are likewise free to vote for whoever supports them and shares their values".
That would be true if Rob were representing himself rather than the many people who elected him based on his stated position against gay marriage. If he wants to change his position than the people who elected him deserve to be represented by someone who supports their values not his own.
I'm tired of politicians who put their own personal agenda ahead of that of the people who elected them. If he wants to personally support gay marriage that's fine but that was not the platform that got him elected. Resign and follow your own path. Or continue to represent the people that sent you to Washington to represent their values.

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