Ohio Sen. Portman now supports gay ma...

Ohio Sen. Portman now supports gay marriage

There are 37 comments on the beaumontenterprise.com story from Mar 15, 2013, titled Ohio Sen. Portman now supports gay marriage. In it, beaumontenterprise.com reports that:

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage because one of his sons is gay.

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Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#1 Mar 15, 2013
A republican capable of rational thought?
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Portman's evolution is a heart-string twanger:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gop-senato...
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This could be the next republican presidential candidate

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#2 Mar 15, 2013
It's always easy to dismiss, or even hate, people you don't know.

Now, he knows.

And some folks wonder why we NEED to come out and live authentically. This is why.
Nielson

Huntington, NY

#3 Mar 15, 2013
Typical selfish republican. Portman was incapable of finding sympathy and support for the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law. But, when it hit home, he now embraces the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law because he does not want his son to be treated unfairly.

“Where's my fairy wand!”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#4 Mar 15, 2013
So after his son came out he could think from a new perspective? I'm sorry - that's a cop out. I submit that any parent could do that whether their child was gay or not. It's easy - just say "What if MY kid were gay? How would they be affected by my position? Would my decision help them have a happier more fulfilling life or not?". See! Not hard to do at all. People choose to ignore the rights of other people when they don't directly see the effects of their decisions. Government controls marriage and therefore government has a legal obligation to allow all citizens access to the same rights and privileges of citizenship. Simply put - what's good for the goose is good for the gander. In the 1960's we called it "live and let live". All the problems here at home and around the world and worrying about gay people marrying each other is a big deal? Pffft! Priorities folks.
Jose

Hollywood, FL

#5 Mar 15, 2013
Nielson wrote:
Typical selfish republican. Portman was incapable of finding sympathy and support for the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law. But, when it hit home, he now embraces the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law because he does not want his son to be treated unfairly.
FANTASTIC comment and working with a few people like him , they are complete and utter hypocrites.

Don't even get me started on what hypocrites the anti-choice bunch are when their own umarried, teenage daughters get pregnant or son gets his GF pregnant.
fish

Columbus, OH

#6 Mar 15, 2013
Politics and religion - samo old, same old.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#7 Mar 15, 2013
While there is truth to the last four comments slamming those who belatedly (or self-servingly) endorse gay rights, we must welcome our newly found supporters on their own evolutionary time-line.

Welcoming them to the equality club is in our own self-interest: Slapping them in the face for their prior sins does nothing to encourage others to continue their own evolutions. Besides that, forgiving those who repent is the right thing to do.

I, for one, believe in redemption. I withhold forgiveness only when I suspect the change of heart is insincere. I do not have the ability to judge the timing or the exigencies that lead to change.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#8 Mar 15, 2013
Get a grip people.

I don't care WHY he now supports marriage equality, only that he DOES.

Ohio is working on overturning their constitutional ban either this year or next, and this could be a HUGE boost in that effort.

A little perspective would be helpful!!

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Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#9 Mar 15, 2013
nhjeff wrote:
While there is truth to the last four comments slamming those who belatedly (or self-servingly) endorse gay rights, we must welcome our newly found supporters on their own evolutionary time-line.
Welcoming them to the equality club is in our own self-interest: Slapping them in the face for their prior sins does nothing to encourage others to continue their own evolutions. Besides that, forgiving those who repent is the right thing to do.
I, for one, believe in redemption. I withhold forgiveness only when I suspect the change of heart is insincere. I do not have the ability to judge the timing or the exigencies that lead to change.
Great point and I agree but man the conservative hypocrisy gets real old.

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Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#10 Mar 15, 2013
Rainbow Kid wrote:
A republican capable of rational thought?
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Portman's evolution is a heart-string twanger:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gop-senato...
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This could be the next republican presidential candidate
I suspect the GOP is looking more at the self serving, hypocrite and liar, they now consider their golden boy, Marco Rubio.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#11 Mar 15, 2013
Jose - in Miami wrote:
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I suspect the GOP is looking more at the self serving, hypocrite and liar, they now consider their golden boy, Marco Rubio.
LOL!
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The republicans change their golden boys/girls faster than they change their underwear
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Michelle Obama needs to be ramping up her presidential campaign so she doesn't have to move out of the White House until 2024

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#12 Mar 15, 2013
Remember just a week or so ago when NOM and the other anti-gays tried to minimize the significance of those Republicans who signed onto the amicus brief supporting marriage equality because they were all "has beens" in politics......

Ooops.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#13 Mar 15, 2013
At least now we know they Portman wasn't selected for Romney's VP. The Romney camp admits they knew about Portman's son being gay when they were vetting him.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#14 Mar 15, 2013
Rainbow Kid wrote:
A republican capable of rational thought?
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Portman's evolution is a heart-string twanger:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/gop-senato...
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This could be the next republican presidential candidate
More likely he just killed any chance of ever getting the nomination.

We know it already cost him the VP slot last year.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#15 Mar 15, 2013
Nielson wrote:
Typical selfish republican. Portman was incapable of finding sympathy and support for the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law. But, when it hit home, he now embraces the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law because he does not want his son to be treated unfairly.
Don't condemn him - at least he is capable of having his mind opened.

Since: Jan 10

Lewis Center, OH

#16 Mar 15, 2013
JohnInToronto wrote:
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Don't condemn him - at least he is capable of having his mind opened.
I agree.
Nielson

Huntington, NY

#17 Mar 15, 2013
JohnInToronto wrote:
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Don't condemn him - at least he is capable of having his mind opened.
No condemnation was intended. I merely pointed out that Republicans look to serve themselves first when something will benefit them. Whatever happened to doing something for the sake of others when no self interest is involved? Isn't Christian charity based on this principle? I'm sorry. The Republican view of the world is outmoded and has now become detrimental to the good of all society.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#18 Mar 15, 2013
Nielson wrote:
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No condemnation was intended. I merely pointed out that Republicans look to serve themselves first when something will benefit them. Whatever happened to doing something for the sake of others when no self interest is involved? Isn't Christian charity based on this principle? I'm sorry. The Republican view of the world is outmoded and has now become detrimental to the good of all society.
The ability to suddenly change one's thinking is neither liberal nor conservative. One would wish to believe that liberal thinkers are more open to new ideas and more willing to change without the exigency of personal self-interest. But my guess is such belief is somewhere between marginally true and outright wrong.

The most conservative thinker will often discover that abortion is an acceptable solution to a problem six weeks after departing the bar much too drunk. And the most liberal thinkers have been known to suddenly oppose renewable energy when wind turbines or transmissions lines are proposed along their own property lines.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#19 Mar 15, 2013
OK. So this is us.

I'd be interested to read somewhere what the reactions are in his district.
BS Detector

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Mar 15, 2013
Nielson wrote:
Typical selfish republican. Portman was incapable of finding sympathy and support for the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law. But, when it hit home, he now embraces the gay community's right to equal treatment under the law because he does not want his son to be treated unfairly.
You get a high profile advocate for your side and you STILL have to say something stupid to confirm your own disgusting bigotry re Republicans, even when they finally agree with you.

And you wonder why people don't take you seriously. And you wonder why so many just don't like gays (per this kind of behavior). Well, it's because of people like you. You must be so proud.

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