You think his stated reason for the change in his public position doesn't matter? I could not disagree more. It's in the same vein as apologizing because someone makes you, not because you thought about it and realized your error on your own and have genuine regret. If this guy's son hadn't come out to him, he'd still be trying to suppress the rights of every other gay person in Ohio. It would take quite the set of cajones OR massive ignorance to continue with a public platform of being anti-gay marriage while having a son who came out.<quoted text>
It doesn't matter to me how a person comes to their decision on this subject, whether it is because they learn that a family member is gay or because they slipped on a banana peel and wake up with a change of heart after their concussion.
We are all products of our environments and experiences. The important thing is that we reexamine our beliefs and opinions from time to time, take a moral inventory if you will.
To me motivation is just as important as the decision because it demonstrates a person's true mindset and goes to how reliable they will be.