Sen. Rob Portman's son, Will Portman, explains

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    Mar 25, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/rob-portman-gay-marriage_n_2947796.html?ref=topbar

    http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/03/25/portman-coming-out/
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    Mar 25, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    OPI support marriage for same-sex couples because I believe that everybody should be treated the same way and have the same shot at happiness. Over the course of our country’s history the full rights of citizenship have gradually been extended to a broader and broader group of people, something that’s made our society stronger, not weaker. Gay rights may be the civil rights cause of the moment, but the movement fits into a larger historical narrative.

    I’m proud of my dad, not necessarily because of where he is now on marriage equality (although I’m pretty psyched about that), but because he’s been thoughtful and open-minded in how he’s approached the issue, and because he’s shown that he’s willing to take a political risk in order to take a principled stand. He was a good man before he changed his position, and he’s a good man now, just as there are good people on either side of this issue today.

    We’re all the products of our backgrounds and environments, and the issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a complicated nexus of love, identity, politics, ideology and religious beliefs. We should think twice before using terms like “bigoted” to describe the position of those opposed to same-sex marriage or “immoral” to describe the position of those in favor, and always strive to cultivate humility in ourselves as we listen to others’ perspectives and share our own.


    Agree with 1st paragraph above. Iffy on 2nd--how was Portman taking a political risk AFTER the election? Agree with 3rd paragraph as well (yes, I've thought twice about the word "bigot" and it still fits in many cases).
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    Mar 25, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
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    OPI support marriage for same-sex couples because I believe that everybody should be treated the same way and have the same shot at happiness. Over the course of our country’s history the full rights of citizenship have gradually been extended to a broader and broader group of people, something that’s made our society stronger, not weaker. Gay rights may be the civil rights cause of the moment, but the movement fits into a larger historical narrative.

    I’m proud of my dad, not necessarily because of where he is now on marriage equality (although I’m pretty psyched about that), but because he’s been thoughtful and open-minded in how he’s approached the issue, and because he’s shown that he’s willing to take a political risk in order to take a principled stand. He was a good man before he changed his position, and he’s a good man now, just as there are good people on either side of this issue today.

    We’re all the products of our backgrounds and environments, and the issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a complicated nexus of love, identity, politics, ideology and religious beliefs. We should think twice before using terms like “bigoted” to describe the position of those opposed to same-sex marriage or “immoral” to describe the position of those in favor, and always strive to cultivate humility in ourselves as we listen to others’ perspectives and share our own.


    Agree with 1st paragraph above. Iffy on 2nd--how was Portman taking a political risk AFTER the election? Agree with 3rd paragraph as well (yes, I've thought twice about the word "bigot" and it still fits in many cases).


    By any chnace, did you read?

    http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/03/25/portman-coming-out/

    interesting!
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    Mar 25, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    q1w2e3 said
    OPI support marriage for same-sex couples because I believe that everybody should be treated the same way and have the same shot at happiness. Over the course of our country’s history the full rights of citizenship have gradually been extended to a broader and broader group of people, something that’s made our society stronger, not weaker. Gay rights may be the civil rights cause of the moment, but the movement fits into a larger historical narrative.

    I’m proud of my dad, not necessarily because of where he is now on marriage equality (although I’m pretty psyched about that), but because he’s been thoughtful and open-minded in how he’s approached the issue, and because he’s shown that he’s willing to take a political risk in order to take a principled stand. He was a good man before he changed his position, and he’s a good man now, just as there are good people on either side of this issue today.

    We’re all the products of our backgrounds and environments, and the issue of marriage for same-sex couples is a complicated nexus of love, identity, politics, ideology and religious beliefs. We should think twice before using terms like “bigoted” to describe the position of those opposed to same-sex marriage or “immoral” to describe the position of those in favor, and always strive to cultivate humility in ourselves as we listen to others’ perspectives and share our own.


    Agree with 1st paragraph above. Iffy on 2nd--how was Portman taking a political risk AFTER the election? Agree with 3rd paragraph as well (yes, I've thought twice about the word "bigot" and it still fits in many cases).


    By any chnace, did you read?

    http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/03/25/portman-coming-out/

    interesting!


    Yeah, that's why I said OP since you put the link there for me to quote from.
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    Mar 26, 2013 10:43 AM GMT
    Great article from Will. I like Rob Portman although I dont agree on many issues with him. He told the Romney folks that Will was gay and that would not be hushed up by his family.