A prominent conservative senator said Thursday that he now supports gay marriage.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told reporters from the Columbus Dispatch and other Ohio newspapers that his change of heart on the hot-button issue came two years after his son, Will, told him and his wife that he is gay.
Well isn’t that special? I can see how the pro-gay people would see people like Portman as unprincipled opportunists.
And it isn’t just the gay issue. I see this a lot, including people who claim the name of Christ and not only don’t warn against pre-marital sex but actually let them sleep together under their roof! I think they are afraid that if these were “really” sins (and of course they are) that it would reflect badly on them. Or they feel guilty because, whether accurate or not, they think they were part of the reason their kids are sinning. So they put themselves in the place of God and decide what isn’t a sin. It’s just that easy! What could go wrong when we try to usurp God’s authority?
“It allowed me to think of this issue 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 said.
No, if his son has gay relationships they can never be like the one he and his wife have, because they can never produce children and can never provide a mother and a father to a child. Words mean things.
He also implies that if the government doesn’t promote his son’s relationships that they are preventing him from having those relationships. That is false.
In an interview with CNN, Portman said his son, then a freshman at Yale University, told him “that he was gay, and that it was not a choice, and that it’s just part of who he is, and that he’d been that way for as long as he could remember.”
I’ve been a sinner as long as I can remember, too, but I don’t use that as an excuse to celebrate my sins.
. . . He also told CNN that he sought guidance from former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is openly gay.
Portman said Cheney’s advice to him was simple: “Follow your heart.”
That is terrible, worldly advice. As Jeremiah 17:9 notes, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Think about that carefully. Deceitful above all things. That’s pretty deceitful. Desperately sick. That’s pretty sick. Who can understand it? No one. So don’t follow it.
If you really love people, you’ll put their long-term best interests first. You won’t lie to them to prop up your popularity.