Major GOP Senator Changes Mind on Gay Marriage
Rob Portman reveals he has a gay son
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 7:02 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – You might remember Sen. Rob Portman as a top Mitt Romney surrogate and VP shortlist candidate—we deemed him "dull as dirt." Well, today he's doing something decidedly not dull: He's announcing an about-face on his longstanding opposition to gay marriage. In an interview with CNN, the Ohio conservative reveals that his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay, and that discovering that fact two years ago caused him to rethink his position.

Portman says everyone should be able to "to have the joy and stability of marriage that I've had for 26 years. That I want all my children to have, including our son." While Portman has mostly kept his son's orientation secret on the Hill, it came out when Romney's team vetted him as a possible running mate. "I told Mitt Romney everything. That process is, intrusive, would be one way to put it," he says. Romney's team told him that it was not a deal-breaker. Portman also sought counsel from Dick Cheney, who has experience with the dilemma. Cheney's advice: "Follow your heart."

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MarkFL
Mar 15, 2013 9:28 PM CDT
Dick Cheney: "Follow your heart." Yes, Mr. Vice President; I certainly will. #inspired
Hammy696969
Mar 15, 2013 3:00 PM CDT
Just because your son is a homo is no reason why you should change your initial instincts; he could still be your son and you can still hold on to your beliefs. I think that Portman is making a big mistake because he has capitulated and is now not being his own person; instead of standing his ground, he is being a politician and has less respect than before. Oh well, that's his problem ...............
wwwonderer
Mar 15, 2013 1:33 PM CDT
This is just for you 2poor: "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke [reason with] thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord." (Leviticus 19: 17-18)