Ohio senator has change of heart on gay marriage

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage because one of his sons is gay.
Associated Press
Mar 15, 2013

Ohio's junior senator made the disclosure during an interview in Washington, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

"It's a change of heart from the position of a father," he told three reporters during a 45-minute session in his office. "I think we should be allowing gay couples the joy and stability of marriage."

He also outlined his position in an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch.

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 Thursday his evolution on the subject of gay marriage began in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay. Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive.

The Enquirer reported that Portman 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 his previous views on marriage were rooted in his Methodist faith.

Portman said Thursday he would like Congress to repeal the provision of the DOMA that bans federal recognition of gay marriage, though he still supports the part of the law that says states should not be forced to recognize such marriages.

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kurt, you left out Obama.

arnmcrmn

of course this guy leaves out Obie. What else do you expect from a left tree hugging hippie.

John Harville

kURTje. Did you just come out right here? You're a Log Cabin Republican? That's what your post says...

4-wheeler al

same sex couples is sick they teaching young kids wrong morles of life.gov.all about votes election time. make money gov. open season 20.00 hunting tag no limit.

44846GWP

Off your meds?

Kottage Kat

Obama made his decision after consulting his 12yr old daughter.
Hmmmmmmmmmm

John Harville

Kottage... no it must have been his 19-year-old son. You know, the one he had with his Kenyan cousin? Or .... wait a minute... he's in a mixed-race marriage and the product of a mixed-race marriage (which was illegal) and so he thought Portman and his anti-equality cronies might come after him next.

thinkagain

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thinkagain

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thinkagain

Thomas Jefferson wrote equal rights are to be in accordance with “the Laws of Nature and Nature's God.”

With all the individuals that hate America and all she stands for, I bet our Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves….

thinkagain

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thinkagain

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thinkagain

God’s revelation on love as it applies to human sexuality is unambiguous. It is safe to conclude that God did not "create them this way". Just like God didn't create thieves, murderers and liberals in general.

thinkagain

Homosexuals are like everyone else: they need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

thinkagain

That ought to keep the agenda-driven, liberal mods busy for awhile.

John Harville

Thinkagain... why will liberals need to respond now that you've addressed your sinful nature and your 'preferences'?

thinkagain

Why indeed, but yet here you are...

John Harville

thnk... "...like EVERYONE else...". Wow.. are YOU a homosexual or just one of EVERYONE who needs to accept Jesus.... ?

How does that foot taste?

thinkagain

C'mon Johnny, you should have learned the definition of “everyone” in primary school.

Your best bet would be to enroll in a reading comprehension class to save further embarrassment.

John Harville

Buffoon Again... I did learn in primary school that 'everyone' means "every person, every soul, all ..."

Even if you split it into two words ot still all in any group.

So, in the groupings you mentioned, you include yourself as homosexual.

thinkagain

Anyone with at least one good firing neuron and a third grade level education wouldn’t have your problem comprehending.

John Wayne described you to a tee - "Life is tough pilgrim, it is even tougher if you're stupid"

John Harville

Thinkagain... EXACTLY what is this unambiguous revelation? And I want direct quotes from CHRISTIAN scriptures... none of the Mosaic stuff - unless you're going to remove your Prince Albert and all your tattoos and offer me a really great price for my daughter.

Kottage Kat

Romans 1:24-30
I am sorry, all I have is my phone and too much to type.
Perhaps someone with computer might do that
Thank you
Kat

John Harville

While I wasn't posting to you, ONE reference will do. And be careful about using Paul or Timothy.
Even Moses left out Lesbians.

John Harville

Kat... I asked you to be careful about using Paul. He was building the case to say that Romans - though they never new Paul's God (remember Paul was a Roman Jew) - were doomed to eternal hell because things their various religions allowed were disallowed by God.
Now... come up with a REAL scripture reference, maybe one with JESUS making the statement you wish to support? And make sure it's about marriage - because all the bitter husband Paul ever addresses is fornication... except when he tells people not married to stay single because (here comes the great disprover of ALL Paul said) Jesus will return "before this generation (Paul's)passes away".

thinkagain

I don't think Jesus specifically mentioned pedophilia, so if we use Harville's argument, he must think its OK to be a pedophile.

John Harville

Oh Think again.... Think Again. Jesus commanded to "love one another". I don't think there is any love in pedophilia... unless you have personal experience from which to speak?

John Harville

Think again THINKAGAIN.. Try Matt 18-6 or Luke 17:2 about anyone who harms a child or leads a child astray would be more fortunate to have a millstone placed around his neck and thrown into the sea.

Methinks that's a pretty strong statement about Pedophilia...

Buffoon again.

Bluto

Since God gave us free will , and you believe life begins at conception . Doesn't it stand to reason that a soul can choose whom it will love ( male or female ) ? If the gender ends up different during development ; isn't that the will of God and thus meant to be . Just something to mull over.

thinkagain

Whatever happens in life, you are in complete control of your response. You decide what value any event has in your life. Once you make an evaluation, you have the freedom to choose what comes next. I made my evaluation decades ago, I chose to trust the Lord.

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