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Rob Portman Says His Support for Gay Marriage Will Make a National Run for Office Difficult: VIDEO


Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who came out for marriage equality in March 2013 after his son Will told him he is gay, gave an interview to the Hoover Institution, part of which touched on the subject of his support for same-sex marriage and gay rights, Buzzfeed reports.

Said Portman: "It puts me at odds with my party in many respects. I believe it’s a conservative position...I never really thought deeply about it [before my son came to me]. It seems to me to the extent that it’s not a choice, which is what believe. That is, Republicans ought to treat people as they are...It probably makes it difficult for me to win the primary election at a national election.”

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It doesn't matter anymore. Republican will either become the wing in twenty first century or hijack libertarianism and thus become new libertarian party. Tea party has no future.

    Posted by: ppp | Jun 18, 2014 11:33:03 AM

  2. For Pete's sake, just follow the example of Charlie Crist.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 18, 2014 11:33:26 AM

  3. I think his stance put him right in line with the general Republican thinking.

    "I don't care about anything but myself and how issues personally affect me and my family."

    Posted by: Buck | Jun 18, 2014 11:33:49 AM

  4. It's great he's now on board (now that it affects him personally), but he's still blaming gays for his current position. Were he to state that his party now puts him at odds with being pro-equality, rather than the other way around, it would reveal that he has truly evolved. As his statements stand right now, he's still, deep down, blaming his son for this predicament and ultimately only concerned with his son's equality, not equality for his constituency.

    Basically, he's got no balls.

    Posted by: Ari | Jun 18, 2014 11:37:43 AM

  5. @BUCK: Exactly!!!

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 18, 2014 11:45:57 AM

  6. How about "My party's continued promotion of anti-gay bigotry and prejudice will make LIFE, for LGBT people like my son, More Difficult."

    how about that? how about addressing your role in negatively impacting the lives of millions of American by wasting so many years promoting bigotry and discrimination?

    how about the sad reality that despite having a change of heart two years after your son came out, and deciding that maybe he did deserve the freedom to marry - you face an uphill battle... getting your fellow republicans to do what you yourself were never able to do: care about someone else's kid.

    The problem is your party is run by bigots who pander to bigots, and yet they also PROMOTE BIGOTRY in order to control those numbers!

    What a tool. I feel awful for his son. When THIS is the best example of a "Republican Dad" just shows how low standards of expectation are when dealing with conservatives.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 18, 2014 11:46:54 AM

  7. Typical Republican reaction: It's everybody's fault but his own. Now that "Teh Gayz" are an issue for him, it's their fault if he looses. Newsflash: He may support his son, but Rob Portman is still a loser.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jun 18, 2014 11:55:30 AM

  8. The relevant portion of this 40 minute video starts around the 35:00 mark. Otherwise, you'll have to endure a puke-inducing duo blabber on about GOP propaganda.)

    Posted by: Scudder | Jun 18, 2014 2:04:43 PM

  9. I don't share the sentiments others have expressed. I think Portman makes a simple point: his support for same-sex marriage (however he came to support it) makes winning a Republican president primary a dicey proposition. He's not blaming anybody. He's just stating fact. But he also states that same-sex marriage is a conservative idea that encourages and supports families. You don't hear that from most gay-friendly Republicans who usually take a live-and-let-live stand. Portman is saying that same-sex marriage is a positive social value. That's a strong endorsement. And of course that strong endorsement puts him at odds with the run-of-the-mill Republican wackadoodle presidential primary voter.

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 18, 2014 5:59:10 PM

  10. JIM - the point is this - he's talking about how supporting gay marriage hurts his chances at running for President. Not about how the GOP's policies hurt his son's chances for a happy life, free from prejudice, bigotry and discrimination.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 18, 2014 6:05:54 PM

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