Rob Portman, the Republican senator from Ohio that I thought was sure to be the Republican VP nominee, has announced his support for Gay Marriage.
This is a reversal of a long standing position by Portman opposed to Gay Marriage. Why you ask? Well, according to Portman, it was due to a long thoughtful process after his son announced that he was gay.
In an op-ed for the Columbus dispatch Portman wrote “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."
It's amazing how that works out when "gay" takes on a face and a personality rather than being a conservative boogey-man.
I give Portman credit for doing the right thing. Just six months ago I was saying he epitomized the Republican position that gays should be ostracized and now this happens. It takes a strong man to conquer his own prejudices.
Do you hear the walls crumbling?
Unfortunately the Supreme Court can re-establish all the walls with its DOMA and Proposition 8 decisions. Here's hoping the judges take a lesson from Rob Portman and do the right thing also.