One Republican Senator has completely reversed his feelings about gay marriage. Once staunchly anti-gay marriage, he's now all for it. Not only is he all for it, he hopes that someday he'll be sitting front row at a gay wedding -- his son's. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who was on the short-list as a running mate with Mitt Romney, has announced a gay marriage reversal. All thanks to his son, Will, who is gay.
The Senator gave an exclusive interview with CNN discussing his change in positions. He leaves no doubt that his 21-year-old son, who came out to his family two years ago, was the catalyst for his evolving beliefs. Which he didn't announce while he was in the running for Romney's ticket partner, but no shocker there. About same-sex marriage, he said:
I've come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I've had for over 26 years. That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay.
He added that he had no idea his son was gay until he came out two years ago, but that he and wife offered him nothing but "love and support."
While in Congress, Sen. Portman has done everything he could to derail gay rights, including supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, voting for for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and voting for a bill prohibiting gay couples from adopting babies.
But now that he knows his son is gay -- well, hey, it's alllll good.
Look, I'm thrilled he changed his mind. I'm all for gay rights and gay marriage. But wouldn't it be nice if people in power could have compassion and empathy for other people even if they're not related to them?
That said, most everyone either has a friend or relative who is gay (even if you don't know it), so it's no surprise that plenty of Republican politicians will have them -- and not all of them will change their stances. So kudos to Portman for doing that. I just wish more people would see that other people -- who may NOT be your son or daughter, or even someone you particularly like -- should have the same basic rights and freedoms you do.
What do you think about his change of heart?
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