Rob Portman’s New Tune on Gay Rights

rob portmanAs reported by the Huffington Post, “In 2011, Rob Portman’s ‘openly hostile’ record on gay rights led to hundreds of students at the University of Michigan objecting to the senator speaking at the school’s graduation ceremony.”

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

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

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, “explaining to ThinkProgress that businesses should be able to fire gay people without fear of legal action.”

I’m sure he does love his son and I’m sure that he does want his son to have equal opportunities.  Except – how come he didn’t care about other peoples’ 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 didn’t have this “Christian charity” outlook when he was seeking to deny other peoples’ children those equal opportunities?

julie driscollThe short answer:  He’s a hypocrite and a coward, and if he had any integrity at all, he’d tell his son, “Sorry, kid, just like everybody else, you don’t 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.

Julie Driscoll
Smoking Hot Politics

Sunday, 17 March 2013

 

Published by the LA Progressive on March 17, 2013
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About Julie Driscoll

Julie is a 25-year veteran legal assistant in the Chicago legal community and, although always passionate about various causes, is a recent – within the past several years – entrant into the field of political activism. For a year and a half she was a writer for News Hounds, a website that is dedicated to critical analysis of Fox News (“We Watch Fox So You Don’t Have To”), is currently the Chicago Liberal Examiner for Examiner.com, is involved with the media side of the local MoveOn.org chapter, and runs multiple large political groups on Facebook. Although she began her activism through writing, she has more recently become a “boots on the ground” activist, having attended many protests on behalf of the unions in Madison, Wisconsin, Lansing, Michigan, and Chicago, as well as a rally in Benton Harbor, Michigan, advocating on behalf of the residents whose town has been taken over by the Emergency Financial Manager appointed by the Governor. Her causes are people-oriented . . . and her belief is that people need to be protected before dollars are counted. Her motto: Make sure people are safe, healthy, housed and fed – and screw the cost.