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CPAC Attendees Blast Sen. Portman For Loving His Gay Son: VIDEO


While we're on the subject of CPAC and closed minds, ThinkProgress made the rounds at the conservative con-fab yesterday to gauge attendees' reaction to news that GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio supports marriage equality because he wants his gay son to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

So, what was the reaction? Not good. One man, a pastor, even said the Senator should "quit being so selfish as to only think about his son." Because, you know, restricting an entire population's rights because of personal religious beliefs is so selfless. And grown men dressed like 18th Century colonists make great moral guides.

Watch the clip AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. While I think this is great and agree that coming out is the way to get things done, it's also another example of a very self-serving congress who govern for the benefit of their family and friends and not their constituents.

    Posted by: kswpar | Mar 15, 2013 1:35:18 PM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:46:07 PM

  2. @ beef & fur, yes, we know you use many different handles on here to express the same POV. That isn't news.

    Posted by: Olstien | Mar 16, 2013 2:46:26 PM

  3. I'm sorry, but I get a little tired with folks who will only like or stick up for someone because they've had one of their family members come out. I thought it was crappy when Newt Gingrich did it and I'm not much happier with other pols doing it. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful that he's "understanding" now, but I don't like the fact that you have to have it personally affect you before you do the right thing.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 15, 2013 3:53:40 PM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:46:38 PM

  4. Why did he wait so long? His son told him he was gay two years ago!

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 15, 2013 2:23:19 PM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:46:46 PM

  5. I have to admit, I just kinda hate this. I know it's a good thing for the gay community, but basically he's saying "I don't care what happens to others, only when it happens to me." That's not leadership. Leadership is someone who supports it whose kids aren't gay. Plus, it seems like he is just jumping on a bandwagon that just backed out of the driveway.

    Posted by: beaugard stevens | Mar 15, 2013 4:17:04 PM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:46:56 PM

  6. beef & fur =- ANDREW folks

    ANDREW is a poster who goes by beef & fur and he is AGAINST GAY RIGHTS. Andrew is a MILITANT democrat but SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE who is against gay rights but wants to use the democrat platform of gay rights to co opt gay votes. DON'T FALL FOR HIS TACTICS.

    ANDREW IS A LEADING HOMOPHOBE....he is a militant democrat who pretends to eb for gay rights. Is AGAINST gay rights but uses gay rights as a ploy for votes!

    ANDREW is beef & fur.

    Posted by: Observer | Mar 16, 2013 2:48:26 PM

  7. Yeah, I too have noticed Andrew always attacking republicans for not being "gay friendly" enough yet his own postings reveal a very anti gay man. A very old, bitter, anti gay man not at all accepting of the gay community. I wonder where Andrew gets off bashing marriage equality supporters who are republican because he himself holds great bias and prejudice against the LGBT community.

    Posted by: DaLurker | Mar 16, 2013 2:49:50 PM

  8. As we know, there are many gay children that are rejected by their parents when they come out. Great they accepted their son's sexual orientation, but why is he different than the millions of other LGBT who have a right to a happy and free choice to marry who they love? Whatever it takes, I guess, but this hardly makes Portman an enlightened hero to marriage equality. Now we know why Romney didn't choose him! Ha!

    Posted by: Rob Zeleniak | Mar 16, 2013 9:37:13 AM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:49:51 PM

  9. @ beef & fur

    It's quite obnoxious to be submitting posts from another thread because you can't argue your own points. It's actually cryptic.

    Posted by: Johnathan | Mar 16, 2013 2:50:28 PM

  10. Towelroad


    Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who last night became the first sitting Republican Senator to come out for marriage equality, a decision he made after his son came out to him as gay, has another question to answer.

    Does he want to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and does he believe that businesses should be able to fire his son for being gay?

    In an interview with Think Progress last June, Portman explained why he opposed ENDA, saying he was concerned it would spawn litigation and "make it difficult for employers to feel comfortable."

    Said Portman:

    What I’m concerned about in Paycheck Fairness and other legislation like that is the fact that it will spawn a lot of litigation the way the legislation is written. So you don’t want it to be a boon to lawyers, you want it to actually help people. But no one should discriminate....A lot of them would create a lot of legal rights of action that would make it more difficult for employers to feel comfortable, to be able to hire, and to keep this economy moving. So you have to be careful how you do it.

    Given what he told Dana Bash, I think it's safe to assume that Portman's son had already come out to him at the time of this interview.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:51:03 PM

  11. typical repub

    "nothing matters till it directly affects me"

    Posted by: Moz's | Mar 15, 2013 10:12:51 AM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:51:30 PM

  12. A lot of politicians don't understand an issue until it directly affects them. Sorry, but it's true. A lot of the evolution on issues happens because of a personal event or interaction. You could even say that of Obama.

    Be glad he has enough humanity to change because of his child (not everyone does) and that he won't actively be a force against marriage equality.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 15, 2013 10:23:03 AM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:51:39 PM

  13. Once a slimebucket always a slimebucket.

    He obvious annound that his son was gay -- two years after he and the son had "the talk" -- because someone in the press was about to go public with it.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 15, 2013 10:05:54 AM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:52:10 PM

  14. it's like with Cheney - "Sure i'm against gay equality, but i'm a rich man in politics, so my gay offspring will get the perks them regular working-class gays won't get"

    bugger off.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 15, 2013 9:37:31 AM

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:52:30 PM

  15. beef & fur has in the past supported Chuck Hagel and called chuck hagels homophobia and anti gay voting record as gay hysteria not worth addressing. Why? because hagel was a democrat appointed nominee and for beef & fur, this issue is about garnering support for democrats.It has nothing to do with gay rights. It has everything to do with trying to make sure that democrats have monopoly on gay rights. They will lose.

    Posted by: KoolWhip | Mar 16, 2013 2:52:37 PM

  16. @ beef and fur
    You do realize more and more republicans will continue to support gay rights, right? every month, more will come out in support. Why? because the general population is coming out in support of gay rights, gay people, and gay marriage. No longer is it 'just a democrat thing' it is now an everybody thing. So be prepared to make the same played out arguments, but to no avail soon.

    Posted by: Gasper | Mar 16, 2013 2:53:55 PM

  17. Thank you Mr. Portman for tanding up for equality and supporting your son. I so appreciate it and have already written you a thank you letter, as have my other gay friends. I love when soeone evolves and welcome them with open arms!

    Posted by: Junior | Mar 16, 2013 2:54:38 PM

  18. @koolwhip

    This is hilarious now. Chuck Hagel? At least I'm not making things up as I go. You've got pages of comments from dozens of people here on Towleroad (and even a post from Towelroad that shows that Portman didn't supprort EDNA when he clearly knew about his son's revelation), and yet this.


    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:56:42 PM

  19. beef & fur is posting with an agenda. an anti gay agenda. he does not want to see equality for gay citizens advance. He enjoys seeing a political party he is not affiliated to (republicans) be against our rights. It makes him and his croonies look good. Now that they are slowly inching closer to accepting our rights, beef & fur does not know what to do with himself so he has to change the dialogue and question the integrity of those who support us. It's a calculating tactic. He is NOT for gay rights. Just gay votes.

    Posted by: just sayin' | Mar 16, 2013 2:56:47 PM

  20. beef & fur, I've never in my years of posting on this site seen someoen obnoxiously submit previous posts in droves from a previous thread to make their point. Extremely obnoxious and a sure bet way to alienate many who are on the fence. No wonder so many fine towleroad posters have moved on to sites like joe my god. Such immature behavior.

    Posted by: Proud Gay Blogger | Mar 16, 2013 2:58:44 PM

  21. @just sayin

    Did you also go into all these other posts from where these anti-Portman comments came from and respond according? Just sayin...

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:59:03 PM

  22. @Proud Gay Blogger

    JMG? Yeah, there's no misfits over there, either.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 16, 2013 2:59:50 PM

  23. beef & fur, you compared the gay community to the monsters in this video, then attempted to make a martyr of yourself. You automatically fail, and are shut down from being heard for that. Rightfully so. No self respecting gay man would see the hate in that video and compare it to people who disagree with you. It's because your oblivious if not encouraging of homophobia. You remind me of the people who compare the gay community to the westboro church not remembering the years of persecution the gay community has endured and that reactions to hate are not the same as hate. Your anti gay bias is showing and no one has to sit and hear it.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Mar 16, 2013 3:04:25 PM

  24. beef & fur, that your outrage is reserved for portman as opposed to other known and established existing homophobes, many who are part of the democrat party, tells me you yourself are indeed using this issue as a football with an insincere front about actually caring about the gay rights movement. If you actually did, you'd recognize the significance in portman's admission, while channeling your anger toward existing homophobes who are doing far worse than portman this very moment. You aren't, which speaks volumes about your motives, as others noted much better than I could.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Mar 16, 2013 3:07:44 PM

  25. And gay people sometimes vote Republican WHY??? That party is disgusting.

    Posted by: Reality | Mar 16, 2013 3:08:03 PM

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