Rob Portman Comes Out...
...in favor of gay marriage. Good on ya, Senator:
Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, said on Friday he now believes gays have a right to marry after learning two years ago that his son is gay.
Portman, who was on the short list to be 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, made the announcement in an opinion piece in an Ohio newspaper and gave interviews on his change of heart.
"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," Portman wrote in an op-ed piece in the Columbus Dispatch, titled "The Freedom to Marry."
The "problem" as I see it -- and I put "problem" in quotes because I don't really see it as one -- is how to integrate gays into the broader American experience. They're out, they're proud, and they should be. Nobody is forcing anybody back into any closet, or re-criminalizing anyone's love life, without instituting an authoritarian kind of religious state that is antithetical to American values and liberties.
But legalizing gay marriage isn't quite the answer. Let me explain.
The vile progs want to institute gay marriage also, but not because of any love or concern for gays. Watch how easily and cruelly they throw around accusations that so-and-so is a [UNPRINTABLE WORD FOR GAY] or a [ANOTHER UNPRINTABLE WORD FOR GAY] and you'll see what I mean. No, for the progressive left, gay marriage is just another club for beating America's churches into submission to the State. First Catholic birth control, then Baptist gay marriage, and so on. Progressivism is a truly jealous god and will have no other gods before it -- not even yours.
Instead, the proper course is to abolish marriage as a government institution. Civil unions for all who want them, gay or straight, for legal purposes of wills, benefits, hospital visitations, etc. But leave marriage where it originated: With the churches. My church will proudly marry gay couples, maybe yours won't. But no one will be forced to do or recognize anything they don't want to. Everyone's rights are protected; everyone's liberties are respected.
And, oh yeah, the vile progs lose a big battle in their war against freedom of expression.
How's that for a win-win-win?
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