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Author Topic: GOP Senator Rob Portman Now Supports Gay Marriage  (Read 3907 times)

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GOP Senator Rob Portman Now Supports Gay Marriage
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:30:29 AM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/15/rob-portman-gay-marriage_n_2881805.html

Senator Rob Portman (R) OH, has suddenly had a change of heart after his son reveals he's gay.  Mr. Portman now realizes that everyone should have the ability to love whom they choose.

He has sponsored bills against homosexual marriage and denounced it continually throughout his political career.

He says he sought council from spiritual leaders to now realize that love is the greatest gift, regardless of sexual orientation.  I guess I am torn on my thoughts about him.  Although I appreciate his change of heart, why wasn't he able to do so without the revelation from his son.

It always amazes me when someone so far on the right, suddenly has a change of heart only because it affects them personally.  YEARS ago, a friend of family was a dieheart antiabortion advocate.  She attended rallies and would spew her views to any victim within earshot.  That all changed when her 15 year daughter became pregnant.

Then it was all about freedom of choice.  Imagine that.  Do these people lack compassion until it hits home?  Where's the empathy for all the different challenges people face without the need to experience it firsthand?

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Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 02:42:01 PM »
I guess better late than never. Now if we can only get Republican children to come out poor.

http://gawker.com/5990719/top-republican-switches-sides-on-gay-marriage-after-son-comes-out

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 04:17:04 PM »
The senator joins a long line of Republicans whose understanding of equal rights and dignity under the law is limited more or less by the boundaries of their immediate families and social circles. While this is good news for the long-term prospects of gay rights it seems unlikely that Republicans will be willing to work productively on other issues until their progeny start coming out as poor, unemployed, uninsured, or undocumented.

Intellectually limited navel gazers, the whole lot... 

I'm glad Republicans can change their minds and drop their opposition to LGBT civil rights.  There's something so pretentious so elitist that "them" (the gays, the lesbians, the whatever" are only deserving of equal rights when "them" becomes "us" (my family).

Why is it they can be persuaded and RULED by the abstract basis of their Christrian morality, or their traditional cultural beliefs, but cannot be persuaded by the abstract reasoning of equal fucking rights for everyone?

The article rightly points out its a very miserly, selfish abandonment of prejudice.  I guess a handsome faygala son at Yale is just too frigging much cognitive dissonance for these types, so they fold... 

Well, whatever it takes.
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 04:22:05 PM »
Reminds me of the scenes in Lincoln.  Where Lincoln isn't going to tolerate or compromise on slavery, on the basis of his moral principal and view of how things should be....  Its just the end of all the fucking games, for him.  Line in the sand... 
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 04:28:28 PM »
I don't want to be gay anymore if it isn't a sin . I'm officially bi sexual as of right now .

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 04:32:46 PM »
I guess better late than never.

Still weak sauce, if you ask me.  This bozo still supports state's rights for declaring what is and isn't a legit relationship - and is also quick to point out that he will not take a leadership role is bringing other reps around.

Now if we can only get Republican children to come out poor.

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2013, 05:11:43 PM »
"I’ve slept with enough men to know that I’m not gay"

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2013, 06:46:45 PM »
"Now comes Senator Rob Portman, who also was a possible vice presidential nominee in 2012, and has long been an opponent of same-sex marriage. (In 1999, he even voted against allowing same-sex couples in Washington, D.C., to adopt children.) But he says he’s gained a new perspective, which came from his son telling him that he is gay – two years ago.

“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,” Mr. Portman told reporters, according to Cleveland.com."

If I read this right, his son came out to him two years ago.  So why did it take him two years to decide that his gay son was deserving of the same rights as his parents?  Some father.

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source: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/an-about-face-on-gay-marriage/?hp

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 06:51:29 PM »



 So why did it take him two years to decide that his gay son was deserving of the same rights as his parents?  Some father.



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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 11:59:28 PM »
So many applauded Dick Cheney for his support for his daughter.  However, when asked about pushing policy changes, he always said he is not the president and he didn't control policy.  I always found that dripping with bullshit.  Everyone knows how powerful he was.  My God, he was the real president.  That wasn't just a joke. 

If anyone could have pushed change within his party, it was he.  He could have persuaded his party to drop the anti-gay platform.  I mean, he did persuade everyone to attack the wrong country.  He could have easily made the argument that we need to focus on terrorism, and stop the push to make laws discriminating against gays.  He could have said we have to show the terrorists just how free we are here.  They were talking about freedom daily, and how the terrorists hate us for our freedoms.  I think he could have persuaded many.  I think he could have stopped Karl Rove from pushing 11 states to put bans on their ballots.  By all accounts, he didn't do anything.

So, it's nice to hear you support gay rights and marriage equality.  But, what are you doing about it.  Words are powerful, and they help others to possibly have a change of heart.  But, if you're in a position to do something and actually make change, why didn't you?  If everyone remembers, the Cheney's used their daughter's sexuality in a very strange way.  I believe it was John Edwards, who when asked about gay rights in the VP debate, made a comment about how the Cheney's love and support their daughter.  Well, they went ape shit, saying he was an awful man.  I still have a hard time figuring out the insult they felt was spewed at them. 

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2013, 01:18:53 AM »
So why did it take him two years to decide that his gay son was deserving of the same rights as his parents? 
maybe, keeping a really selfish twist on this, he's trying to rehab his image and look like a not-so-crazy, more respectful Republican so he can keep running for office and have some traction against the Tea Party
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2013, 03:37:15 AM »
Was there something wrong with the thread I started yesterday morning about the same topic? :o 

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2013, 04:47:31 AM »

Was there something wrong with the thread I started yesterday morning about the same topic? :o 


Um, dunno.

Maybe Doxie created a catchier title?

But seriously, my apologies. I normally do my best to catch multiple threads on the same subject and merge them (or take some other mod-like action) but sometimes these things are hot and wet and slippery rather elusive and just slip right through my brain-cells fingers.

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2013, 08:10:22 AM »
Um, dunno.

Maybe Doxie created a catchier title?



Tee Hee.^

If his kid gets da AIDS we're home free.

Of course let's see how the coolest dad in the world handles it.

http://gawker.com/5990745/dad-overhears-sons-plans-to-come-out-assuages-his-fears-with-heartwarming-letter-of-acceptance?tag=lgbt

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2013, 08:39:24 AM »
Um, dunno.

Maybe Doxie created a catchier title?


LOL, I'll have to do better.  I thought this thread would be about porn when I read the title.   ;) 

Anyways, we're getting a lot of broadcasts from our local affiliates.  I'm somewhat changing my opinion and am throwing some support to the father.
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2013, 08:44:54 AM »
LOL, I'll have to do better.  I thought this thread would be about porn when I read the title.   ;) 



No, you were hoping it was about porn.

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« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2013, 08:45:56 AM »
No, you were hoping it was about porn.

Well yeah, that's why I clicked on it.... :o
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2013, 08:48:08 AM »
LOL, I'll have to do better.  I thought this thread would be about porn when I read the title.   ;) 


Yup, put "dildo" or "deep fried sausage" in your next title to draw'm in. :)
« Last Edit: March 16, 2013, 08:51:05 AM by mitch777 »
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2013, 09:06:58 AM »
Will Portman is a little cutie too.  He has a beautiful smile.  (he must take after his mother).
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2013, 09:14:34 AM »
Sorry that you got your frilly little panties in a twist. If you want to make this about you not getting enough attention, so be it. Hey everybody, Wolfter started the original thread about Portman. I didn't notice, so I subconsciously started a thread with a title that was an obvious sexual innuendo. Sorry girl. If you don't like it you can stick it innuendo. ;D
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geezums!
i thought i was just joining in on a light and friendly conversation.
no offense was taken by me but you obviously took my comment personally.
lighten up.
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2013, 09:18:49 AM »
Now that this thread has sausage , dildos and cat fights I will definitely be back .

Now you two kiss and make up so that this thread will have elder sex as well .

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2013, 09:21:34 AM »
Now that this thread has sausage , dildos and cat fights I will definitely be back .

Now you two kiss and make up so that this thread will have elder sex as well .

Why should this thread be any different? ;D 

I only made my earlier point since I've been called immediately on my "tardy to the party threads" in the past.
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2013, 09:23:33 AM »
geezums!
i thought i was just joining in on a light and friendly conversation.
no offense was taken by me but you obviously took my comment personally.
lighten up.

Sorry girl, wrong quote. Believe me nothing you could ever say would I take personally.

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« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2013, 09:25:54 AM »
Now that this thread has sausage , dildos and cat fights I will definitely be back .

Now you two kiss and make up so that this thread will have elder sex as well .

You can stick THAT innuendo.

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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2013, 09:44:03 AM »
Dachs , are you seriously really upset at anything that's been written in this thread or are you just playing ? I'm a bit perplexed as to what has set you off .

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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2013, 09:45:57 AM »
Dachs , are you seriously really upset at anything that's been written in this thread or are you just playing ? I'm a bit perplexed as to what has set you off .
me too. ???
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« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2013, 10:22:04 AM »
Why is Dach's 09:09:06 AM post that Mitchell quoted now missing? You're all a bunch of gaytards.
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« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2013, 10:22:44 AM »
As much as I didn't want to do it I removed a few comments from this thread that looked like quotes from people who didn't say what they were quoted as saying . My apology's if my redactions chopped the last part of this thread up making it hard to follow .

Now back to regular programing LOL .

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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2013, 10:28:16 AM »
thank you jeff!
sorry to have whined about the misquote but what little integrity i have left is being saved for a rainy day. :)

and getting someone elses words out of my mouth allows me other opportunities. ;D
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2013, 11:25:49 AM »
Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I'm not upset, nothing you clowns have to say could upset me. I clarified in one of my "redacted" posts that I had misquoted and corrected the mistake. God you're all a bunch of passive aggressive Nancy's. Or as Miss P correctly put it, "gaytards." Carry on.

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« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2013, 03:41:35 PM »
maybe, keeping a really selfish twist on this, he's trying to rehab his image and look like a not-so-crazy, more respectful Republican so he can keep running for office and have some traction against the Tea Party

You are being far too kind.  Apparently, for Mr. Portman, it was fine to promote hate and intolerance towards gays, until it affected him personally, within his own family.  As he is now "enlightened" he can toss his religious and conservative principles, because they inconvenience his own family.  Pure self-interest and nothing more.

Most telling however, is that he still belongs to a political party that actively promotes discrimination against his own son.  What a hypocrite!

For me, this is no different from those who are rabidly against abortion, until it impacts one of their own and then "it's a different situation."

Joe

edited to add: I'll be impressed when Mr. Portman publicly apologizes to all the LBGT folks he and his party has discriminated against for the past decades and not a minute sooner.
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« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2013, 03:53:10 PM »
In between the time that his son disclosed his sexuality and this week's announcement, Mr. Portman found time to voice his lack of support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during the 112th Congress. Obviously his vice presidential aspirations were more important that year. ::)
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« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2013, 04:18:55 PM »
In between the time that his son disclosed his sexuality and this week's announcement, Mr. Portman found time to voice his lack of support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during the 112th Congress. Obviously his vice presidential aspirations were more important that year. ::)

Exactly.  It's like Sara Palin, when she was a candidate, promoting tax cuts for the wealthy and cuts for everyone else, EXCEPT for special needs children, because of her son.

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« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2013, 04:27:05 PM »
changing your mind on gay equality doesn't raise your capital gains tax ;)
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« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2013, 04:28:32 PM »
after finding out his son was gay (2 years ago) he probably accepted it.
he had to realize that unless his son led a very closeted life, the facts would eventually come out.
he held off most likely as long as he could for his career.
is he a hypocrite?
yes.
could he have been so disgusted and unaccepting of his son (and others) to turn his back to him (and others)?
yes.
while i am glad to see he saw the light a bit for his son, i have my doubts about his character as an elected official.
the "oh, i get it now" epiphany excuse is used all too often in politics.
once they see that the tide of public opinion has shifted beyond the 50% level...
a lightbulb magically appears above their heads.
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« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2013, 04:43:41 PM »
Hee Hee ... Its funny how the repubs are having such profound changes of heart from gay rights to immigration . They are having a couple of election cycles sans the white house to ponder true conservative values and examine their morality .

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« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2013, 04:47:21 PM »


I used to have my own miraculous attitude adjustments when my mom gave me the opportunity to sit in my room and thank about what I had done , I always emerged from my solitude a better boy .   
where are the politician's mom's when we need them? ???

oops, bad question. they raised them. :o
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« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2013, 04:58:26 PM »
where are the politician's mom's when we need them? ???

oops, bad question. they raised them. :o

I disagree that the mothers are the problem.  My folks were extremely prejudice against all sorts of folks and yet here I am.  I'll agree that the environment in which you were reared can affect your views.  However, it's what is inside you that determines the type of person you will become.

As Mary J. Blige said: "Parents; I blame them for nothing and forgive them for everything."

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #39 on: March 16, 2013, 05:21:23 PM »
I don't want to be gay anymore if it isn't a sin . I'm officially bi sexual as of right now .
May I suggest to become a pedophile instead. It's a far safer bet than bisexual. Trust me, no one is going to change their mind about them even if they have one in the family...

Unrelated: What's up with all the dogs (and cats, sheep and one blue-tongue lizard) in this thread. It's become epidemic!

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« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2013, 07:26:43 PM »
Any interviews with the son?  Is he Republican?
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« Reply #41 on: March 16, 2013, 07:29:51 PM »
What ever happened to Ron Reagan Jr.  He's gay and closeted? Hetero??
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« Reply #42 on: March 16, 2013, 07:37:32 PM »
Any interviews with the son?  Is he Republican?
have not seen any interviews from the son and yes, he is a republican from ohio.
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« Reply #43 on: March 16, 2013, 07:48:27 PM »
I'm sure my dad "evolved" when I came out. I was the only one in a huge family of many aunts and uncles and many cousins..  There was a never seen older cousin, though, living on the other side of the country, who was lesbian.
I never heard a nice thing about gays or lesbians all my youth and teens it was standard derision and sarcasm about fruits.
I came out in the 80s, no one said a peep and invited all my boyfriends since to everything.  It was pretty freaking strange if you think about it that suddenly everyone was cool.  But that was the big change I guess for working class Dems on the East Coast?? West coast? Everywhere???  All the favorite liberal media and entertainment just said this is normal now, deal. 
So is this finally going to happen to the Republicans, some day?  A big flip?  I guess its neither here nor there, since what is needed is legislation and Supreme Court decsions, for equal rights, not the support of people who are in the Republican Party..
I still think they'll only flip after the Supreme Court shames them into it. 
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2013, 07:56:04 PM »
I must come from a strange family. There were never fag jokes made, either by my parents or my older brother when I was growing up. And I don't mean about me, I mean about anyone. Not even on television. Then again, nothing sexual was talked about so why would they?
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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #45 on: March 16, 2013, 07:59:37 PM »
So is this finally going to happen to the Republicans, some day?  A big flip?  I guess its neither here nor there, since what is needed is legislation and Supreme Court decsions, for equal rights, not the support of people who are in the Republican Party..
I still think they'll only flip after the Supreme Court shames them into it.

Bingo Mecch,

Why do you think so many Republicans are supporting the overturning of DOMA and Prop 8?  Because when the SC decides that discrimination against gays IS unconstitutional, the Republicans can then complain about activist judges.

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #46 on: March 16, 2013, 08:04:45 PM »
I must come from a strange family. There were never fag jokes made, either by my parents or my older brother when I was growing up. And I don't mean about me, I mean about anyone. Not even on television. Then again, nothing sexual was talked about so why would they?

Not me.  I always heard about my cousin John and his "friend."  Somehow this was an abomination against god and country and was always spoken of with very demeaning language.  It wasn't until I was in High School and went to visit my cousins and finally met John's "friend."  No wonder the family couldn't talk about it.  Not only was John a big old girl, his "friend" was black.  Oh the horrors!  Clutch the pearls!

That's when I finally knew that my families values would never be mine.

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Re: Now that have one I love the gays.
« Reply #47 on: March 17, 2013, 12:22:34 AM »
Here's what folks like Sarah are concerned about, when it comes to freedom.  The party still doesn't get it.  Many say the parties are the same-- the lesser of two evils statement you hear some say.  But, the differences are day and night.  Dems focus on economic and equality issues, while repubs focus on someone taking your Big Gulp away. 



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« Reply #48 on: March 17, 2013, 01:19:25 AM »
"Freedom Gulp"?

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.

The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?”

ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been “systematically disenfranchised” by federal legislation.

When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/15/1729331/cpac-slavery-minority-outreach/

This sort of prejudice never died.....

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« Reply #49 on: March 20, 2013, 07:14:19 PM »
Pretty stunning turnaround for someone who was so damn uptight about it before! I was glad to see Mrs. Clinton come out in support of equal rights, but that wasn't as newsworthy to me because I always knew she supported equality in her heart of hearts.

But to have a far-right looney Republican who was so against gay equality to come out in favor of it, that surprised me, pleasantly. It just goes to show, as I've told my friends, who have asked me about being gay, that if someone close to you in your family comes to you and tells you "I'm gay", then it would make most sane people take a step back and realize that wait a minute, I love this person, as my child, and they aren't some devil incarnate or Kim Jong Un or something.

Senator Portman, I still don't agree with you on most things, but thanks for coming out in support of your son. I have not told my dad that I'm gay either, because I don't come from a touchy-feely family, and I'm not touchy-feely myself, but it was a good example to set for the rest of the crazy far-right anti-gay crowd.

Senator Portman should have done this way back, because his son probably struggled with this and wondered if his dad would reject him. But it was nice to see a republican show some balls on gay rights for once.

The rest of the Republican Party, at least the Tea Baggers, just don't seem to get it. Gay marriage is good for family values, which they claim to support. Millions of orphan children don't have a home, and many gay couples want to adopt, but in many cases their relationships are not recognized legally.

The track record on straight marriage isn't all that great. 50% divorce rate, HELLO! So yeah, the family values crowd should embrace us. I'm not personally in a relationship, as I like my single life, but I wish more people in high places would ditch their special interests and speak out for their loved ones who are gay.

Being gay is not a choice anymore than race or ethnicity is. We want the same thing that others want, most of us are law abiding, productive, and hard workers.
If those radicals out there claim they don't approve of gay people, what they are really saying is, they don't approve of their own family and friends, because everyone has a gay friend or relative.

So bravo for coming out and supporting your son Senator Portman, if a little but late..Now try and make your tea bagger buddies see the light!
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