Gay marriage: Senator's shift, GOP soul-searching

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  • PolishBear Charleston, WV
    March 16, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    The GOP may not “Go Gay” anytime soon … but sooner or later they’ll have to come to grips with the fact that vilifying Gay Americans is no longer a vote-getter for them. Back in 2009 a CBS News survey found that while only 18% of Americans over the age of 65 supported marriage equality for Gay couples, 41% of American under the age of 45 supported it. That was FOUR YEARS AGO, and the generational shift in attitudes among young people toward their Gay friends and family members is accelerating.

    30 years ago most Americans were not aware of any Gay friends, family members, or co-workers. Today most Americans ARE aware, and they have become dramatically more accepting and supportive of the Gay people and Gay couples in their lives. And social networking sites like Facebook have made the proverbial “closet” virtually obsolete. The Republican Party ignores this growing acceptance at their own peril. The economy is important, yes… but your friends are PERSONAL.

  • amazondoc USA, TN
    March 16, 2013 3:23 a.m.

    I applaud Senator Portman for his change of heart. It is true that one of the most important things a gay person can do is to come out of that closet, and Portman's son deserves recognition and respect for his courage as well. It can be awfully hard to maintain that casual bigotry when you find out that your buddy down at the bar, or your coworker in the next cubicle, or one of your relatives, is a gay person.

    More than 100 prominent Republicans have now signed on to the amicus brief that was recently submitted to the Supreme Court in FAVOR of gay marriage. As noted in that brief, same-sex marriage promotes family values by allowing children of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes, and it advances the conservative values of limited government and maximizing individual freedom. This issue isn't about sin, folks -- it's about love and equal rights for ALL.

    The tide has turned. I'm looking forward to June, when the court's decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are expected to be released. Oral arguments in the cases are scheduled for the end of this month, March 26-27.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    March 15, 2013 10:04 p.m.

    Californian: I agree totally! My statement that sometimes things look good on paper is this senator's stance before he knew his son was gay, which was, as the story suggests, a ban on gay marriage, and then his shift after he found out his son was gay. If only everyone were an adult and could agree to disagree, with respect. However, many times this is not the case, and this issue has led to many disowned children. And that's a shame!

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    March 15, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    -- "Some things look good on paper until it hits home! ... there are a lot of parents who would just disown their own son!" --

    The alternatives are not limited to disowning your principles or disowning your son. People can love their kids without compromising their integrity or principles.

    This situation happens in many families. If those on both sides of the discussion are mature and reasonable, nobody has to do any disowning.

    The parents will understand that adult children have free will, and are entitled to follow their sexual orientation and choose their lifestyle and partner, not lose parental love over their choice, and not have their partner treated disrespectfully by the parents.

    The son or daughter will understand that the parents are entitled to their beliefs that may originate in sincere moral or religious convictions, and have the right to support traditional marriage without being called haters or treated disrespectfully by the couple.

    We're talking about a hypothetical situation where everyone is a reasonable adult and more interested in getting along with their loved ones than making statements or promoting any sort of agenda.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    March 15, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    Some things look good on paper until it hits home! If this is genuine, I applaud him. Because there are a lot of parents who would just disown their own son!