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Another Reason the Pope is a Bigot: Rob Portman’s Gay Son Moves Him on Gay Marriage

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. That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way. – Rob Portman commentary: Gay couples also deserve chance to get married

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IT TURNS out that context really is everything. Republican Rob Portman was against gay marriage until he learned his son was gay. That led to a call to Dick Cheney, who had a similar epiphany after grappling with his homophobia and that of the Republican Party, because his own daughter is gay.

The continual laudatory commentary over Pope Francis I in the media, whose own statements include that gay marriage is “of the devil,” proves just how far our religious institutions have to go before they can be considered truly worthy of our respect and support. That so many media organizations continue to give the Vatican a pass reveals the corruption at every level, outlets big and small that put page hits above human and civil rights, basic dignity of individuals to be free and equal.

If you know anyone who is gay, it doesn’t take a human rights activist to apply the golden rule and figure out he or she is entitled to the exact same rights as everyone else. Why organized religion, including their most vaunted leaders that include the new Vatican emissary, don’t understand their continued institutional bigotry, as well as their misogyny, is one of the reasons people continue to move away from religion and consider themselves “religiously unaffiliated,” proves their intransigence is a cancer on their relevancy.

The latest study confirms a 2012 Pew Research poll that revealed the same “religiously unaffiliated” trend in America.

Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. – Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows [h/t Huffington Post]

Beyond this bigotry lies a new day, when yet another respected political person stands up after being educated by his own offspring that being gay doesn’t mean you’re not equal.

Portman’s commentary, with CPAC rolling on in the background in all its myopic smallness, marks one more stride forward for Republicans who so desperately need to find the light amid the darkness that strangles them at their foundation. A foundation that is woven into the very religious institutions who are dying on the American human rights vine.

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3 Responses to Another Reason the Pope is a Bigot: Rob Portman’s Gay Son Moves Him on Gay Marriage

  1. fangio March 15, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    ” Blessed are….. “

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter March 16, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    “Portman’s commentary, with CPAC rolling on in the background in all its myopic smallness, marks one more stride forward for Republicans who so desperately need to find the light amid the darkness that strangles them at their foundation.”

    Displaying textbook sociopathic behavior…having no empathy or sympathy for other people…only when something DIRECTLY impacts them….shows a “step forward”?!
    I see typical repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristohypocrite behavior.
    I suppose it’s something that when it was HIS son who was going to suffer the discrimination and bigotry that he and the rest of the repug/bagger/hypocrites have and continue to heap on gays as a political device he finally discovered some small measure of humanity but will he then start to work to reverse the twisted, hateful agenda of his party?
    Or will he like Cheney simply shield his own from the results and harm of the cynical actions of the party and continue on his merry way reaping the perceived benefits of that vile behavior?

    As for the new Grand Poobah who cares? I mean really…was anyone with a functioning brain or any knowledge of history or the Catholic Church REALLY expecting anything else from the latest ancient, corrupt white guy the Dons in red picked to head the family?

  3. Cujo359 March 16, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Sen. Portman’s change of heart took some guts. Not only did he have to publicly say he was wrong about something he used to support, but he has to face his own supporters. His supporters, remember, aren’t progressives – they will actually punish their politicians if the stray from the party line. I wish he and other leaders of the GOP didn’t need to find out they had children who were gay, but it’s not all that unusual for parents of his persuasion to disown or otherwise shun their kids in that circumstance. He made a human choice, and frankly, there are a whole lot of progressives who show just as little empathy for the problems of people they can’t see.

    He showed way more guts than the average Democratic Senator has lately. Wake me up when more than one of them criticizes his party leadership for refusing to support the sorts of things Democrats are supposed to stand for, or makes any other sort of stand that he’s likely to pay for in some meaningful way.

    As for the new pope, you clearly don’t understand. He’s infallible, so if we disagree with him we’re wrong. Those falling churchgoing numbers are clearly some sort of statistical error…

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