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The Suburbanite
  • Reaction to Portman switch runs gamut

  • Reaction to Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s change of heart on same-sex marriage brought swift and strong reactions. Here’s a sampling of quotes from politicians and ordinary citizens.

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  • Reactions to Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s change of heart on same-sex marriage were swift and strong. Here’s a sampling of quotes from politicians and ordinary citizens.
    • “I believe that marriage is the union of one man, one woman. It’s what I grew up with, it’s what I believe, it’s what my church teaches me. And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio
    • “If there was any doubt that the conservative logjam on the issue of civil marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples has broken, Senator Portman’s support for the freedom to marry has erased it.” Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, an advocacy group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.
    And responses from commenters at CantonRep.com:
    • ... I understand the feeling of conflict and confusion in his life, but refusal to declare a moral issue as wrong will not make it right. I’m glad he talked with his pastor and Dick Cheney about the matter. However, maybe he should have consulted God directly and looked at His Word to find out His take on the matter. ... It looks like it is now time to support someone else that better represents my beliefs and the standards I know as right.  Urneighbor2
    • Mr. Portman, I’m sorry your son is gay. If he becomes an atheist, will you also throw religion under the bus? Do you have any other movable “principles” people should know about before voting for you?  Frank Manello
    • This is yet another reason I could never be a Republican. Even conservative guys like Dick Cheney and Rob Portman get thrown under the bus, judged and damned to hell by their so-called political “friends,” in a heartbeat. ...  Don Cirelli
    • Sen. Portman has decided he no longer wants to be a bigot. Good for him, regardless of how his epiphany materialized. ...  John Young
    • In relation to the law, gay marriage is not a moral issue. It is a constitutional issue, and the Republican Party is on the wrong side. Gay marriage will be legal. ...  Sam Hunt
    • There is a vibrant and growing Libertarian Party in the US, state of Ohio and county of Stark. Issues like this are non-issues. Government is for protecting the individual rights of its citizens, not restricting those rights. Just saying!  Jimmie J
    • Well-done, Mr. Portman. If more of your colleagues could come to similar enlightenments, maybe your party will cease its decline in its current form. ... I am gratified that not only are the kids of today far less intolerant and bigoted than kids were when I grew up, that even adults and seniors are starting to realize that discrimination against someone for the way they were born (race, gender, sexual orientation, height, etc.) is not an American value.  William T
    Page 2 of 3 - • So, now he thinks God should have made Steve, not Eve, when Adam was lonely?  Biglarry
    • Good for Sen. Portman. He may even get my vote in the future. All he has to do is come out for a more fair tax system. ...  Runnerg
    • I am suspicious! Any of you fellow Dems who would consider supporting Portman because of this better think again. I suspect that the GOP knows by now that they are on the wrong side of this issue, just as they are on many other social issues. They certainly know they cannot get a Republican elected to the presidency without Ohio’s vote. Could that be what this is all about? ...  Madow
    • Sometimes it takes a personal issue such as this to make us realize how wrong we really are. Sen. Portman’s love for his son is much more important than what his views were. I respect him for that.  Reaanderud
    • ... This story just tells me what I have known for years: All politicians have their own agenda, if this guy didn’t have a gay son, he would still be against it, I am glad he is supporting HIS son, but he should have tried to see the light before this, and the fact he didn’t says it all. ...  Yardley8
    • Your “faith” has nothing to do with other Americans’ right to marry whoever they want. Once again, a conservative can’t understand the simple fact that the US Constitution trumps the Bible.  Mailman
    • I expect we’ll see the pope come out with a change in Catholic doctrine relative to homosexuality, too. Part of a new birth, more of a living, transitional big-tent approach toward inviting all to celebrate and rejoice in our self-indulgent, sexually deviant, do-whatever-makes-us-feel-good approach toward life. I feel better already.  BevBallen
    • You can support someone without going to their side. What’s wrong with all of you? Gay marriage is just soooo whackin’ wrong. Have we all lost our minds?  Mkt
    n It is easy to practice bigotry, hatred, racism — until a loved one puts a face on intended targets and makes it personal. ... And in a world where kids are neglected, molested, starved, thrown in Dumpsters, murdered, you’d think this story would provide some hope. ...  Skyvue
    • Anyone with some degree of intelligence and open-mindedness can have a genuine change of heart on any number of issues based upon their life’s experiences. It doesn’t mean they are a being a hypocrite. ... The fact that Portman didn’t reject his son and still publicly supports and loves him says a lot about his character. ...  Kenjones123
    • For those who don’t believe in the Bible and a living God, you have a freedom of choice, and the two of you may discuss this when you meet face to face! We all make our choices; that is fine with me!  Biglarry
    Page 3 of 3 - • Well, we now see why Portman was considered a possible running mate for flip-floppin’ Mitt. I guess Portman is trying to show us he can flip and flop with the best of them. ... Supporting one’s child is to be admired. However, doing away with the Defense of Marriage Act because of a child is different. Cultures and civilizations have supported that marriage was between a man and woman for centuries. ...  CantonAlleyCat
    • He won’t get re-elected.  Just S tom