What a difference the all-important (D) makes.
On Friday, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman published an op-ed revealing that he changed his stance on same-sex marriage after his son came out.
Here’s an excerpt:
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he supports allowing gay couples to marry because he is a conservative, not in spite of it. I feel the same way. We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people’s lives. We also consider the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society. We should encourage people to make long-term commitments to each other and build families, so as to foster strong, stable communities and promote personal responsibility.
One way to look at it is that gay couples’ desire to marry doesn’t amount to a threat but rather a tribute to marriage, and a potential source of renewed strength for the institution.
But remember, Portman is a Republican so his support of gay marriage is just more proof of conservative hypocrisy and bigotry. Really.
People on the left upset that Portman is vocally supporting marriage equality. Astounding.
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) March 15, 2013
Progressives didn’t get that memo.
No fawning praise from Paul Krugman and Matt Yglesias:
Matthew Yglesias beats me to a point I was planning to make. Sen. Rob Portman has made headlines by declaring his support for gay marriage after learning that his own son is gay, and apparently we’re supposed to praise him for his new enlightenment. But while enlightenment is good, wouldn’t it have been a lot more praiseworthy if he had shown some flexibility on the issue before he knew that his own family would benefit?
At The Atlantic, the initial reaction was “anger.”
Cue the nastiness from Twitter progs:
@l_whittington Where the fuck has Rob Portman been on gay equality? Can keep his goddamn Damascus conversion.
— Brimley (@haint615) March 15, 2013
Had to take that? Screw him, then RT @cnnbrk: Ohio GOP Sen Rob Portman reverses his stance on gay marriage after his son tells him he's gay
— Mayor Willibi (@will83_swat) March 15, 2013
What's amazing about that? Rob Portman is just a selfish hypocrite.. Sooo all the other gay ppl are not other people's children?
— Table Vibrator (@Sir_Iyke_) March 15, 2013
— Or Am I? (@ImNotScotWalker) March 15, 2013
So, what, am I supposed to congratulate Rob Portman now? It's funny how he changed his mind ONLY when he felt effected. Fuck him.
— Morgan Hughes (@Morgan_Hughes) March 15, 2013
An example of BIGOTRY is when Rob Portman decides to "love" his Gay son just b/c it is closer home now. We are ALL God's Children #UniteBlue
— vonPinto (@vonPinto1) March 15, 2013
— Theodore Hicks, CFP, CKA, CMT (@t2hicks) March 15, 2013
So Rob Portman adopts the typical GOP stance on gay marriage: I'll trash it & gays until 1 of my kids tells me they are gay. What hypocrites
— U.P. MI Dem sick of White House liars?? (@FishHawkRdJody) March 15, 2013
How ’bout that new tone? The modern Left, winning hearts and minds one “f*ck that guy” at a time.