Sen. Rob Portman’s decision to support same-sex marriage after one of his sons came out as gay caused a stir in the state and in the Senate, where he is believed to be the first Republican U.S. senator to openly support same-sex marriage.
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Sen. Rob Portman’s change in position about gay marriage was a hot topic on our Facebook page. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.
Here are some of the comments:
Steve Rhodes: Typical politician, change your stance on something when it benefits you. truth be known, he still doesn’t support it, he just figured it would get out sooner or later his son was gay, and he wants to use it to benefit himself and make it look like he’s changed his stance on a belief he’s obviously held for some time.
Lucy Owsley-Goodman: What he is doing is great for his family and great for the USA. Glad to see he is supporting his gay son and has changed his politics to prove it.
Grey Eyeyes: I’m a parent but I don’t change my ideals just because my kids have a different view. I suppose if they loved to do drugs and told me I’d be expected to say it’s ok to do that too right?
Steve McIntosh: I for one am glad he changed his stance even if it was for the wrong reason.
Skye Andavarroi: Good for him! Most families have one gay or bisexual person in it and its about time we stop judging people for things they are born having, like skin color, or sexual orientation.
Laura Thomas: As an aunt of a gay nephew and have friends who are gay I support Portman’s decision 100 percent.
Mary Giltnane Taylor: Funny how basic human rights become clear when someone you love is being denied them.
Phillip C Reed: I’m genuinely glad Portman has done the right thing, and can only hope it encourages other Republicans to do the same. What I find discouraging, though, is that the Republican senator was content to support discriminatory policies until they affected someone he personally cares about.
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