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    GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told reporters from the Columbus Dispatch and other Ohio newspapers that his change of heart on the hot-button issue came two years after his son, Will, told him and his wife that he is gay."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 said.
    In an interview with CNN, Portman said his son, then a freshman at Yale University, told him "that he was gay, and that it was not a choice, and that it's just part of who he is, and that he'd been that way for as long as he could remember."


    The dramatic announcement comes just a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure Portman co-sponsored as a member of the House in 1996
    Good for him. However, this won't mean much considering:

    Rob Portman on the Issues

    • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
    • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
    • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
    • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
    • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
    • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
    • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
    • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    How long until his base starts calling him a "RINO?" LOL!

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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    How long until his base starts calling him a "RINO?" LOL!
    By the 10th post in this thread.


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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Lol that was big of him.

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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Already a thread about this. And no talk (yet) of RINOs.

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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    I think it's entirely reasonable for him to come to that conclussion. I do think having it impact your life can change how you view it. I don't blame him for changing and can respect the reasons why he cahnged it. I can also understand people would suggest that a politician needs to have a broader view rather than one on a personal level, because their making choices that are impacting everyone in the country not just individual families. I don't think Portman's a RINO, and don't have an issue with his change of stance.

    To counter the notion of "I wonder how long before he's called a RINO", my question would be how quick the Media will try to suggest he's a "Moderate" if he runs in a primary in 2016 to re-enforce that "RINO" image to damage him sans any kind of intelligent reasoned analysis of his entire view points (what I'd call the Huntsman Strategy).

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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Well it's good that he changed his stance but I'm getting tired of giving Kudos to folks that take stances like these only when it personally impacts them. Human beings have this remarkable ability to empathize with other human beings. Put themselves in someone elses position, think of how they would feel in that position. Would be nice for someone that makes policies for others to use empathy in the first place!
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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    I heard the interview and I have to say irrespective of his decision to now support gay marriage, Mr. Portman proved himself unfit to be President or Vice-President for the way he made his decision. He claimed that his change in view is based on his son being gay and wanting his son to have the ability to marry whom he wants. That's fine, but you don't make a decision on principles based on an emotional reaction to your child's needs or wants. Make the decision because you believe all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should have the same rights, not because you want something special for your son.

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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    WTF do I care what a RINO thinks?
















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    Re: GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I heard the interview and I have to say irrespective of his decision to now support gay marriage, Mr. Portman proved himself unfit to be President or Vice-President for the way he made his decision. He claimed that his change in view is based on his son being gay and wanting his son to have the ability to marry whom he wants. That's fine, but you don't make a decision on principles based on an emotional reaction to your child's needs or wants. Make the decision because you believe all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should have the same rights, not because you want something special for your son.
    Actually maybe it's more that his personal experience with his son gave him a different perspective on the issue.

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