Rob Portman Pulls a Dick Cheney
Ohio Republican U.S. Senator Robert Portman has just announced that he now supports gay marriage. As it turns out, his son revealed he was gay prompting Portman to do a role reversal.
Good for him! The first politician to openly support gay marriage nationally is former Vice President Dick Cheney. After learning his daughter Lynne is a lesbian he announced his support while serving as Vice President of the United States during the second term of the Bush Administration. Despite my disagreement with his preference to leave marriage to the states, Cheney makes a very good, principled case for gay marriage. He stated:
I think, you know, freedom means freedom for everyone, Cheney said during a speech at a 2004 National Press Club appearance. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish.