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Scoot Blog: Prominent Republican now supports same-sex marriage!

Many conservatives in the Republican Party were surprised today to hear conservative Ohio Senator Rob Portman reverse his stance on gay marriage. Portman, who was on the short list to be selected as Mitt Romney’s VP running mate last year, has consistently opposed gay marriage as a congressman and now as a senator. Portman’s change of heart comes following the revelation that his own son, Will, is gay.

“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, who is gay,” Portman said to CNN.
Now, conservative celebrity Clint Eastwood is ‘coming out’ in support of gay marriage and is urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Prop 8, which is a voter-approved initiative that bans same-sex marriage in the state.

In the face of criticism from some far-right conservative listeners, I have always maintained a strong stance in support of gay marriage based, not on my sexual orientation, but rather on my belief that the government should not intervene in the very personal, private lives of law-abiding individual Americans. And now, I’m being joined by conservative republicans in support of same-sex marriage. And the list is destined to grow.

As the Republican Party continues to redefine its party, the issue of same-sex marriage represents one of the mistakes conservatives have made by emphasizing social issues. A majority of younger conservative republicans disagree with their party’s focus on social issues, like same-sex marriage and the party has no choice but to change its strategy if it hopes to make gains on Capitol Hill in 2014 and win the White House in 2016. Among the voters republicans did not attract in the last election were younger voters and female voters.

It’s not my job to change your mind about how you define ‘morality’, but I do like to point out the hypocrisy that belies the argument against same-sex marriage.
First of all, a ban on same-sex marriage defies one of the pillars of conservative ideology. Also, many who condemn same-sex marriage based on morality do not condemn themselves or close friends for their acts of immorality. If, as a heterosexual, you or your friends have been divorced, have been unfaithful, have enjoyed porn or countless other actions, why are you not as condemning of yourself or others as you are of gays?

It’s easy to be against something until it impacts you personally. It’s easy to be against gay marriage if your son or daughter, who you love dearly, are not gay. It’s easy to oppose abortion in ALL cases if your daughter is never raped and becomes pregnant.

Conservative Senator Rob Portman opposed gay marriage until his own son revealed to his parents that he was gay. As you take a stance on issues and if you have a tendency to become part of the United States of Hysteria, stop and think about how your opinion of an issue might change if it affected you personally.

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03/15/2013 6:36PM
Scoot Blog: Prominent Republican now supports same-sex marriage!
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03/17/2013 2:50AM
Rod Guidry in Sacramento
Marriage is not just a legal issue. It is a moral faith issue. Marriage is a covenant between a man and woman only, and thus meant to be that was as instituted by the Almighty God. Jesus compared the union of marriage between a man and woman to himself and the church. The Church being the bride of Christ. The bible is clear and no doubt about the Lord's stance on marriage.
03/18/2013 5:42AM
response to rob guidry
Thank you...amen!!!
03/18/2013 12:29PM
Get a life people
Same sex marriage is a trivial issue not worthy of anyone's time and effort. I really do not give a %$#% about who one may sleep with at night. It is not my concern nor business. We have far more important issues these days. We have a national administration led by an individual with no real work experience, no business sense, and he and his band of morons are making decisions that affect our economy and our livelihoods. We have clueless politicians (Feinstein) who are hostile to our second amendment rights and promote legislation to restrict those rights. Same sex marriage? DO NOT WASTE MY TIME.
03/19/2013 8:28PM
Moral decline
You are constantly talking about same sex marriage. Now tommy tucker is talking about it. I can only listen to don dubuc on wwl
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