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A father puts his gay son before partisan politics

A nice day to report on two wonderful and loving reactions of fathers after finding out their sons are gay.

I previously posted about the very brief but powerful letter a dad wrote to his son saving the boy the trouble of coming out personally. The dad treated it as no big deal and with total acceptance.

Just the most amazing thing. Read it HERE.

Then there is this nice story: Ohio Senator Rob Portman had the typical Republican view on gay marriage: against it. It’s easy to toe the party line when it doesn’t effect you personally.

Then his son, Will Portman, came out to him.

The result? The man who was close to being Mitt Romney’s VP pick has become the highest-profile Republican currently in office to back gay marriage.

Maybe when others see the world will not end they will follow suit.

The Romney campaign was made aware of Will Portman’s gayness but, of course, that had nothing to do with him picking squeaky clean sub-three hour marathoner Paul Ryan. (oops, I meant sub-four hours – as did he).

Portman said after came out to him, he began to rethink his previous position against gay marriage. He said his son told him ‘it was not a choice’ and that ‘it’s just part of who he is.’

Said the senator: ‘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.’

Wonder what Romney would have done if one of his five sons came out as gay.

FILE UNDER: Gay Marriage, Politics


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One Remark

  1. I’m happy that Sen Portman has accepted his son and while I hope this gives more republicans the political cover to support marriage equality, let’s be clear about where Sen Portman stands. He still supports section 2 of DOMA. He still supports a state by state approach which means his son, that he loves and supports, couldn’t even marry in Ohio. Even after his son came out to him he still voted against the GLBT community.

    It’s a shame that it took his son coming out to understand that treating certain citizens as second class ones is wrong, is unjust and un-American.

    Still, this is a positive step but Portman, like Mehlman, will have to do a lot of work to repair the damage he caused.

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