by Charles S. Mombo
You probably have heard the saying, “Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.” It now appears that despite Senator Portman's strong opposition of same-sex marriage, the Republican Ohio Senator is now a supporter of equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians after finding out that his son is gay.
Portman was a key adviser to Mitt Romney during his Presidential campaign. During a CNN interview and an Op-Ed in the Columbus Dispatch, Portman appears to be the only Republican senator to support marriage equality, as well as the highest-profile conservative currently in that Group-think organization.
Meanwhile, while speaking on ABC's "This Week," Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, "Rob is a great friend and a long-time ally."
"I believe that marriage is the union of one man and 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," added Boehner, who is a Roman Catholic.
President Barack Obama last year announced his support for gay marriage. At the time, he said,
What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently. So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
Washington, D.C. and nine U.S. states permit same-sex. The Supreme Court is due to hear oral arguments this month in two gay marriage cases.