John Boehner Stands Firm On Traditional Marriage (VIDEO)
Despite the fact that Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman – who was actually one of the sponsors of the much-maligned Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – recently reversed his stance on gay marriage, it seems to be falling on deaf ears as it relates to House leadership.
Portman, historically a hard-liner of the so-called “traditional marriage” type, sent shock waves through the conservative community when he very publicly and suddenly reversed his stance on March 14th after he learned that his own 21 year old son Will was gay:
(The revelation) “allowed me to think about this issue from a new perspective … as a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister have.”
In an Op-Ed for the Columbus Dispatch the next day, Portman expounded further, adding;
“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married.”
As one would expect, push-back against both father and son from the Neo-Conservative Right was swift and strong, ranging from the standard condemnations to Conservative Baptist minister William Murray’s outrageous call for Will to undergo “ex-gay therapy.” That ignorant and despicable statement read, in part:
“Portman has conveniently ignored the warnings against the sin of homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments – and is accepting a behavior that may eventually kill his son from AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, or oral cancer.”
In an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s This Week, House Speaker John Boehner offered no support whatsoever, insisting that in his view, marriage is “a union between that of a man and a woman.” When asked if his views would change if his own child were gay, Boehner pushed all-in:
…I can’t imagine that position would ever change.”
All this comes less than 10 days before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of DOMA and other Proposition 8 cases, which are set for March 26th and 27th.
Whether the Republican Party continues an attempt to evolve on this and other social issues will be watched closely by The Everlasting GOP Stoppers.
See the clip from ABC’s This Week below:
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