It’s funny how knowing someone affected by your laws and traditions, and your bigoted prejudicial medieval mindset, makes all the difference eh? Sen. Rob Portmam (R-OH) found out recently he had a son that was affected. And boy howdy did the Senator’s former ‘heartfelt moral principles’ fall faster in the face of that familial reality than the walls at Jericho cleaved and tumbled — we are told — when blown by the mighty horn of God-eh:
NBC — “It allowed me to think of this from a new perspective, and that’s of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have – to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,” Portman told reporters during that interview
.Portman’s changed stance comes amid spreading support for same-sex marriage. Forty-eight percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage in 2012, up from 35 percent a decade ago, according to a Pew Research Center analysis from Dec. 2012.
Arguments challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which Portman voted for in 1996, are due to be heard before the Supreme Court later this month.
Well, I guess it’s a good thing over all, and to Poprtman’s credit he did this while he is still, in office. A refreshing turn of events. . But goddamit, you shouldn’t have to know a Jew or an intellectual to know the Inquisition or the Holocaust was wrong. You shouldn’t have to know a black person to form an opinion on lynching, Jim Crowe, or the KKK.
And you shouldn’t have to know a gay or lesbian or transgendered person, much less have one in your family, to know they’ve been systemically discriminated, reviled, scapegoated, tortured, and killed in the most inhuman ways imaginable, for at least centuries if not longer, and for reasons no one can ever seem to enumerate despite trying to come up with a list of same for about the same length of time.