Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who until now has been a total dud on gay issues and is as Republican as it gets, has come out in favor of marriage equality in an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash. The reason? His son is gay, and he wants him to have the same rights and protections as everyone else's children:
"'It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have—to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.'"
I think it's great that he is doing this, and it does take courage—as a Republican—to come out firmly for marriage equality. But I wouldn't hail him as a hero or anything. An aspect of the right that bothers me the most is that its adherents often seem to be against things ideologically, but then have no shame in indulging in those same things personally. It is a sense of entitlement, and of imperial denial for everyone else. In this case, he is at least finally supporting marriage equality for all and not, say, being anti-abortion publicly but taking his daughter to have on privately. But still, should it really take a family member to make you understand what's right and what's wrong?
I guess for some people who lack empathy, it does.
But at least he now gets it. On this issue.
And this is another example of why people need to COME OUT already.Videos after the jump...