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I don't support gay marriage. If my child shared with me that he/she was Gay; that wouldn't change my love for them. However, I wouldn't condone the marriage. I can love my children and not support their lifestyle.

The difference between me and Sen. Portman is that he represents a large number of people not just a select few. The constituents in area may be black white poor rich or gay.


..CINCINNATI (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is now supporting gay marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay.

Ohio's junior senator disclosed his change of heart in interviews with several Ohio newspapers and CNN. In an op-ed published Friday in The Columbus Dispatch he said the decision came after a lot of thought.

"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," he wrote.

As a member of the House in 1996, Portman voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Portman said his views on gay marriage began changing in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay and that it wasn't a choice but "part of who he was." Portman said he and his wife, Jane, were very surprised but also supportive.

He said it prompted him to reconsider gay marriage from a different perspective, that of a father who wants all three of his children to have happy lives with people they love.

He said he talked to his pastor and to people on both sides of the gay marriage issue, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is opposed to gay marriage, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who supports it. Cheney's daughter is a lesbian.

Portman told reporters Thursday that his previous views on marriage were rooted in his Methodist faith.

"Ultimately, for me, it came down to the Bible's overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God," he wrote.

The well-known Ohio conservative, a former U.S. trade representative and White House budget chief, was considered but not chosen as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate. Portman told the newspapers Romney was informed about Will's sexuality last year.

Portman's reversal comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments this month in a challenge to a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Portman said he would like Congress to repeal the provision of the DOMA that bans federal recognition of gay marriage, though he still supports the part of the law that says states should not be forced to recognize such marriages.

A group working to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage praised Portman's comments.

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PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

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PoliticsNation commented on Friday, Mar 15, 2013 at 23:18 PM

Sebekm your right. I actually dislike most of the issues we discuss daily. I don't like giving hand-outs because so many people take of the system. However, there are some people that need help. I don't want people to suffer but it upsets me when people try and beat the system. I believe we need healthcare and welfare. I also feel that we need tougher penalties for people that abuse the system. Example: If a mother receives food-stamps or TANF for a child and he's not attending school..she shouldn't be allowed to receive benefits on the child's behalf. I guarantee that parent would ensure the child was in school after they cut the check. I'm a lefty but I'm a conservative lefty...

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 at 07:11 AM

PoliticsNation and sebekm I agree with each and every word of the statements you two posted on this blog string yesterday.

PoliticsNation I'm a right winger but I'm Liberal with some of my views such as regarding Marijuana.

As Dr Carson so wisely stated: The Bald Eagle reached lofty heights because he had a left wing and a right wing.

We are only promised to have the birthright as a citizen for the pursuit of happiness.

Thought provoking blog.

lholmes commented on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 01:07 AM

*sigh* Bizaro world! I'm getting so freaking tired of this gay marriage agenda push. It's woven its way into everything like a cancer. If one of my kids came to me and said they were gay, it would be really disheartening as I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and I disagree with homosexuality. Doesn't mean I don't love my child, but there won't be a joyous time of them and their same sex partner around opening up Christmas presents together.


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