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Does Senator Rob Portman Still Believe Businesses Should Be Able to Fire His Son for Being Gay? - VIDEO

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.

Tp_portmanDoes 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.


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  1. His son has a senator for a father. His son goes to Yale. His son doesn't have to worry about being fired.

    Class is the new sexual orientation.

    Posted by: tcw | Mar 15, 2013 8:26:10 AM

  2. And if his son wasn't gay? This man would still be trolling for votes among religious reprobates using gay and lesbians as bait. Screw him.

    @TCW: You make no sense at all. Speaking of trolls....

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 15, 2013 9:05:44 AM

  3. How don't I make sense? The chances of this senator's son ever being fired, or denied a job, are minimal.

    Posted by: tcw | Mar 15, 2013 9:24:49 AM

  4. How don't I make sense? The chances of this senator's son ever being fired, or denied a job, are minimal.

    Posted by: tcw | Mar 15, 2013 9:25:08 AM

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. typical repub

    "nothing matters till it directly affects me"

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

  8. 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

  9. thing is, Thomas, he will actively be a force against marriage equality if he still ends up toeing the line with the GOP.

    the time needs to come for these apparent Republicans With Consciences to actually DO SOMETHING with them.

    you know, like not supporting a candidate who works against Equality.

    it's true of conservatives - they don't care about _______ until they're made to realize one day that ______ actually does affect them, and their family.

    yes - it's great that he changed. unlike Santorum who'd probably send his son away to de-gaying therapy camp, or help him pick out a cozy casket rather than shame the family.

    but a "non-bigoted republican" needs to up their game - call out the ongoing bigotry within the GOP; be real and honest about it. and finally address what it means to be a republican politician, with a gay child, and the compromise on respecting your child that you make the moment you cast a ballot for a Romney.

    "sorry son, you know i love you, just not enough to not vote for this man who believes your life and your love are a threat to the Great American Family Dream", or something.

    it's a good first step, don't get me wrong. but a first, not a final.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 15, 2013 10:36:40 AM

  10. Today is a great day to laugh at the usual dem hacks who post here. No matter Republican's position on gay marriage, he is still an anti-gay bigot unless he is a Democrat.

    And "liberals do the right thing and don't expect to be applauded"... You people are truly delusional or perhaps simply retarded.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 15, 2013 11:38:55 AM

  11. We need to get some academics to do studies on the economic impact of employment discrimination of LGBT people. It would be better to get people employed than on the government dole and that could be an argument that people like Portman should appreciate.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | Mar 15, 2013 2:45:28 PM

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