No, not that one.
Let’s see what the Senator has to say to the peerlessly idiotic Dana Bash.
So Junior sat down with Dad for “The Talk” TWO FUCKING YEARS AGO (!), and he reported what was said to Mittens. Yet this didn’t change Portman’s role in the campaign or the Mad Berber’s attitude toward the LGBT much less Marriage Equality one teeny little bit.
This isn’t at all surprising. Let’s jump into the “Wayback Machine,” Sherman
So here he is upteen years later prevaricating with Piers
But it takes a Gay Vietnam Vet to get to the simple truth.
So why is Portman coming out with this now? Clearly someone in the press was about to spill the beans and his people reralized he’d better “get in front of the story” ASAP.
And thus this creepily self-serving op-ed
I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married.
That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.
Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.
At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.
I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.
Well-intentioned people can disagree on the question of marriage for gay couples, and maintaining religious freedom is as important as pursuing civil marriage rights. For example, I believe that no law should force religious institutions to perform weddings or recognize marriages they don’t approve of.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he supports allowing gay couples to marry because he is a conservative, not in spite of it. I feel the same way. We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people’s lives. We also consider the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society. We should encourage people to make long-term commitments to each other and build families, so as to foster strong, stable communities and promote personal responsibility.
One way to look at it is that gay couples’ desire to marry doesn’t amount to a threat but rather a tribute to marriage, and a potential source of renewed strength for the institution.
Over the past decade, nine states and the District of Columbia have recognized marriage for same-sex couples. It is understandable to feel cautious about making a major change to such an important social institution, but the experience of the past decade shows us that marriage for same-sex couples has not undercut traditional marriage. In fact, over the past 10 years, the national divorce rate has declined.
Ronald Reagan said all great change in America begins at the dinner table, and that’s been the case in my family. Around the country, family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers have discussed and debated this issue, with the result that today twice as many people support marriage for same-sex couples as when the Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law 17 years ago by President Bill Clinton, who now opposes it. With the overwhelming majority of young people in support of allowing gay couples to marry, in some respects the issue has become more generational than partisan.
The process of citizens persuading fellow citizens is how consensus is built and enduring change is forged. That’s why I believe change should come about through the democratic process in the states. Judicial intervention from Washington would circumvent that process as it’s moving in the direction of recognizing marriage for same-sex couples. An expansive court ruling would run the risk of deepening divisions rather than resolving them.
I’ve thought a great deal about this issue, and like millions of Americans in recent years, I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage for same-sex couples. As we strive as a nation to form a more perfect union, I believe all of our sons and daughters ought to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and stability of marriage.
Wasn’t that lovely? Well not everyone thinks so. Consider these comments:
ECOVERING REPUBLICAN (OHIOVOTER123)
Typical hypocrite! When it was someone else who had a gay loved one you didn’t give a ****. Same thing you politicians do with issues like stem cell research. Can’t count how many times we see politicians whining about the perils of stem cell research till it’s one of your loved ones diagnosed with a disease that research could help – then all of a sudden it’s “we need to back stem cell research”. You people are Pathetic!!
JIM VALLEY (JIMVALLEY)
“That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.” Yes. The “something” that happened to Portman is that he discovered that his own son was gay, awaking his dormant sense of empathy. (Just like Cheney and Petro before him.) Other, better people are able to feel empathy for others WITHOUT sharing their DNA. Portman doesn’t care about the guy down the street any more than he did before. Today’s republicans lack the “empathy gene”, replacing it with a crippling fear of imaginary future scenarios which will surely ensue if their bigotry and ignorance is challenged. What hypocrites! It’s maddening that people like this are given power over all our lives.
CAN I GET A “SING OUT LOUISE!” ?
And as might be expected Senator Portman’s “change of heart” is lot more like a change of socks.
Translation: “I love my gay son — FUCK YOU!”
Meanwhile in the real world
Now THERE’S a letter every gay kid wished his father had written
Cue Joe Cocker.