March 15th, 2013
12:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Portman outside comfort zone in same-sex marriage discussion

(CNN) - When Rob Portman signed on to the Mitt Romney campaign in January 2012, he was seen as a key supporter - a rising star in the Republican Party, a swing state campaigner and a staunch conservative who could protect Romney on the right.

For the next 11 months, Portman zipped around the country, pitching the candidate he said was "exactly what our nation needs."


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  1. Tony Z

    Why not mention it during the election cycle? The winds of politics.

    March 15, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Deb in MT

    I'm happy that Portman's had his eyes opened. What I find interesting is that so many GOPers–Cheney coming around after his daughter came out; the Nancy Reagan anti-stem cell reversal when Ronald's brain went; and, now Portman's reversal–seem unable to understand what others are going through until it hits them in a personal way.

    That lack of empathy is striking to me, and has become a defining characteristic for an increasing number of modern day GOPers.

    Still, good for Portman. And now the cannibalism will begin...

    March 15, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. muchthunder..little rain

    the media keeps pounding these stories at the american people hoping to wear down everybody ... hoping people who have relgious views will just give up...people who feel this is a sin will not give in...

    March 15, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Boisepoet

    If only Republican children could be born poor, they might have some empathy for the 'least of us'.

    March 15, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Luke Brown

    I am a VERY religious Christian and don't understand why it took Portman so long to conclude that government has no right interfering in the private lives of its citizens.

    People who think the Bible justifies hatred of homosexuals don't understand the Bible. Tell me again where Jesus says homosexual are bad people?

    March 15, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Moose

    So what, there are a lot things people are uncomfortable with. everyone, love the libs its all great til its in thier backyard

    March 15, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. YBM

    HIV was god's gift to gays. I understand he is working on his next gift.

    March 15, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |