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Portman objects to federal ruling on same-sex marriage

Published: Mon, April 14, 2014 @ 8:43 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Though he supports same-sex marriages, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman disagrees with a federal judge who ruled that Ohio must recognize those marriages performed in other states.

“I am, as you know, someone who believes that every state should be able to decide this,” Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican, said today during a meeting with The Vindicator’s editorial board. “There shouldn’t be a federal government, judicial mandate, but rather it should be decided by the states.”

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black made the ruling today.

The decision doesn’t impact Ohio’s Defense of Marriage Act, approved in 2004 by voters, but the ruling would require the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. Ohio plans to appeal the judge’s decision.

Portman came out in favor of same-sex marriage in March 2013, two years after one of his sons told him and his wife that he was gay.

“More and more people are recognizing that someone who is gay” should “have the ability to find that joy and stability that others of us who are heterosexual have found in marriage,” he said.

Public sentiment is moving toward accepting same-sex marriage, but it will take a while for it to become law in Ohio, Portman said.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com


1nojimbo(286 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This guy is quite the leader. "I changed my mind personally about gay marriage because of my son. But I won't ask others to treat my son as a human being with the right to marry, because, you know, it could cost me votes with my base."

Like a politician in 1963 saying "I'm against that Bull Connor using fire hoses and dogs on those black people. But I just don't think the federal government ought to be telling Alabama what to do on race relations."

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2TomSays(5 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Rob Portman is a BIGOT! He's playing to his racist and bigoted white conservative Republican base who HATE blacks and gays. All he cares about is more tax cuts for the rich. Ohio could do much better then this man for our senator.

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3bmanresident(607 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Legislating from the bench is outrageous in this country and needs to stop! Let the people of the state decide! Senator Portman you have my vote! These liberal hippie judges are out of control! It's not enough that I have to turn on my television and there are gays at every turn!

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4rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder what else dingy harry reid had inserted in that veterans bill to make it so unpalatable to Sen. Portman. You won't get that information from certain posters on vindy.com though.

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