Sen. Rob Portman came out publicly in favor of marriage equality last week, just before the start of the Conservative Political Action Conference, and a lot of people who attended that event were none too happy about it. ThinkProgress interviewed people at the conference and asked them about it.
ThinkProgress spoke with 10 attendees about the Ohio Senator’s announcement this week that he was reversing course and backing marriage equality after his own son came out of the closet. Every person we spoke with opposed same-sex marriage, and many had harsh words for Portman.
“Horrible!” said Tony Mele, an 88-year-old woman from New Jersey, of Portman’s decision. When told he did so because of his gay son, she responded, “That’s his fault! He gets no sympathy from me.” A pastor from Georgia, William Temple, told Portman to “quit being so selfish as to only think about his son,” and if he won’t reverse himself, “to step down and go home.” Another pastor, Rev. Robert Lancia, dismissed Portman’s point that we should treat each other according to the Golden Rule: “That doesn’t cover it.” One man, David Kern, even said Portman’s son’s choice of college turned him gay. “Well what did Sen. Portman expect when he sent his son to Yale?”
Well of course. Everyone who goes to Yale becomes gay. Right, George W. Bush? Here’s the video. The guy in the colonial garb is particularly inane.