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.

Comments

John Harville

thinkagin... and you 'chose' to be heterosexual? Ponder that response.

John Harville

thnk... Whatever happens...in complete control of your response".

EVER been raped? Ever been routinely beaten as a child? Ever had your life threatened?

How is one in 'complete control' of one's response?

You need to understand not all are as fully enveloped in the 'freedom of choice' which every day is thwarted by folks like you who want to limit 'choice'.

Buffoon.

John Harville

Thinkagain... Jefferson. The one who kept his slaves until they were freed in his will after his death?

John Harville

Thinkagein... HOW DARE YOU? Jefferson used 'the laws of nature..." as justification for the colonies to assume equal status as a government in the world with Great Britain, France and all the others. It did NOT refer to the rights of individuals.

For God's sake, have you NO shame?

Final note: Jefferson was a Deist. Look it up.

goofus

The reason he is getting skewered is because he was one of THE most outspoken anti-gay politicians in Washington, AND very condescending of people who believe the exact same thing that he supposedly now supports.

Coasterfan, where's the proof he was one of THE most?????

John Harville

He campaigned on the issue.

Hopperthe2nd

Kinda late on this,sorry.
Can you picture when his son came out to the family, I think it probibly went something like this.......

Son : "Dad, I'm gay."

Senator : "Oh my god, what do I do now? How does this affect ME? What will MY constituents say? How can I spin this? What about MY reelection ? What about MY fundraising and donors" What oh what will MY right wing cronies say?

Just my opinion.

John Harville

You forgot, "you just bf'ed me out of the vice-presidency"

Go ahead, pull it.

kURTje

How can a Marine be a hippie? Opps - forgot, you never served.

I

Being a hippie is a state of mind. As for being a Marine, you're the only one I've encountered who tries to prove he's a man by demeaning those who have not "served". We all know from your posts that you served, so, what do you want?...a medal or a chest to pin it on?

deertracker

Don't forget about Knuckledragger. He thinks his 21 years makes him special. NOT! Americans are NOT required to serve and those that do VOLUNTEER.

John Harville

ah deertracker.... some of us volunteered BEFORE being conscripted. Maybe you aren't old enough to remember the DRAFT? Don't know KD's age or background or whether volunteered.

But you are right about one thing... many of the posters here have had the opportunity to VOLUNTEER but CHOOSE not to put their bodies in the way of the enemy to defend the country and CONSTITUION they want to use as a weapon on others. The lowest kind of coward. IMHO

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John HarHar, you and kURT have the same problem...you want to feel special because you joined the military, I assume, to protect our country and its citizens, not other soldiers. You then turn around and resent those who chose not to serve. You guys have issues and should get some help.

John Harville

EYE key words "chose not to serve" which kinda sums you up, doesn't it?
You continue to 'choose not to serve' your fellow human beings or give even a modicum of respect.

When did I say I served in the military?

I

"Volunteered for Vietnam rather than wait to be drafted (admittedly because my lottery number was low)."...your words from a post further down the board. Pretty misleading if you weren't in the military.

John Harville

I. Where did I ever say I served?
I volunteered. Went through all the paces, walked around naked carrying my cup of pizz, turned my head and coughed, bent over and spread my cheeks, did further health tests, took all the aptitude and intelligence tests, answered all the questions, took the oath.... and was given a ticket back home because of a cardiac irregularity. But at least 'I' volunteered to serve.

You 'I'?

I

HarHar, the way you mislead with your double-talk and unspoken words, you should have been a democrat politician. As to your question of did I volunteer to serve, the answer is "no". I was ready to go if drafted but the letter never came. You volunteered but were rejected. Same difference.

John Harville

Kurt... how can a Marine come out in this blog as a Log Cabin Republican?

kURTje

Glad you notice. Don't be bitter because you did not . Many here remind US of Ted Nugent, Rush, Gingrich, etc. Chickenhawks. Many now thump the war drum but avoided the draft by going to college or the reserves. (Combat exempt in their time) The GOP hate truth . (now call me more names please) Yeah that Portman...he's the real deal.

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Glad I noticed?...How could I not? You seem to feel the need to remind us that "you served and the rest of us did not, so that makes you superior, somehow". Here's a newsflash for you: The rest of us are not bitter because we did not serve and we certainly don't feel inferior to you! Why don't you forget the democrat approach of trying to build yourself up by tearing the other guy down and just be a man.

kURTje

Let's see..name calling; xenophobic mindset too. Another Portman. As was said in metrology - "Figures don't lie but liars figure."

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I don't believe I called you any names. However, if you felt insulted because I compared your actions to those of democrats, I guess I wouldn't blame you! And if you're implying that I'm a xenophobe, don't worry, I don't fear you because you're strange.

John Harville

I think you're more probably a homophobe...

I

Your problem is that you don't think.

John Harville

EYE.. I think. I ponder. I read. I am astounded by ignorance (a choice, not an inborn trait.). I express. I think more. I expound. I chuckle when I see some of the posts on here. I ROFLMAO when I read yours.

I

John HarHar, glad to see you're easily amused. Here's a few more activities you obviously enjoy: You imagine, you hallucinate, you concoct, you jump to conclusions. And the HarHar, that's people laughing at you, not with you!

John Harville

Eye... that name-calling thing again.... the white flag of surrender.

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HarHar, you stated: "I think you're more probably a homophobe." I don't believe you can produce any basis for that statement(other than name-calling). Hence, you imagined, concocted, hallucinated, etc. Keep your white flag for another time.

John Harville

MODERATOR. Are you paying ANY attention to this thread?

kURTje

Yeah. Call me strange. Always paid my bills without handouts. Always tried to be forthright. Again prior discourse proves the GOP hate truth. Through with your self -centered thinking too.

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