March 15th, 2013

As reported by the Huffington Post, ďIn 2011, Portmanís Ďopenly hostileí record on gay rights led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the schoolís graduation ceremony.Ē

My, how things change. Two years ago, Portmanís son came out to the Portman family Ė and suddenly, like a lightning bolt, it hit him: OMG, gays should have rights too!

Said Portman, in reflecting on his flip-flop, ďIt allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and thatís of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have ó to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years . . . .Ē

Let us, too, reflect: Portman has been very vocal in his belief that marriage is strictly one-man/one-woman. In 1996, while in the House, Portman was a co-sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act. In 2009, Portman voted to deny same-sex couples in Washington State the right to adopt children, and as recently as 2010, he supported an amendment to ban same-sex marriage. According to Think Progress, in June 2012, he opposed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, ďexplaining to ThinkProgress that businesses should be able to fire gay people without fear of legal action.Ē

Iím sure he does love his son and Iím sure that he does want his son to have equal opportunities. Except Ė how come he didnít care about other peoplesí sons and daughters in 1996 and 2009 and 2010? How come he was willing to throw other gay individuals under the bus until it was his son that the wheels were rolling over? How come he didnít have this ďChristian charityĒ outlook when he was seeking to deny other peoplesí children those equal opportunities?

The short answer: Heís a hypocrite and a coward, and if he had any integrity at all, heíd tell his son, Sorry, kid, just like everybody else, you donít deserve the same rights as the man-on-top/woman-on-bottom crowd get.

As soon as a female family member gets knocked up out of wedlock, I guess we can count on his support for abortion rights, as well.