The watercooler political talk of the day is Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman saying he supports same sex marriages.
That would not be a big deal if Portman were a Democrat, but he is a Republican and the Republican Party has pretty much been against same sex marriages. This is nationwide as well as in Ohio where voters in 2004 passed a measure that banned same-sex marriages.
Apparently he changed his mind not because the majority of people in the United States have no problem with same sex marriages, but because he is personally affected. His son is gay.
In a McCatchy News Service article Friday, he said, “This is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I’ve had for over 26 years. That I want all of my children to have, including our son.”
I was talking with a state elected official Friday and we both wondered why Portman, who was considered a top vice presidential candidate for presidential contender Mitt Romney last year chose now to make his statement. It is not a big political issue in Ohio now. Also, Portman is not up for re-election for four years. And, would he have ever changed his mind if it did not affect him personally? If he had been chosen by Romney, would Romney have allowed him to make that statement in 2012?
Only he can answer those questions.
So what are your thoughts?