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March 17, 2013 at 7:00 AM

GOP senator supports gay marriage after learning his son is gay

Original view was a product of ignorance

In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, with (from left), his wife Jane, daughter Sally and son Will after annoucing his run for U.S. Senate. Portman who was previously against gay marriage has reversed his stance after learning his son is gay. (DAVID KOHL / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, with (from left), his wife Jane, daughter Sally and son Will after annoucing his run for U.S. Senate. Portman who was previously against gay marriage has reversed his stance after learning his son is gay. (DAVID KOHL / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

So, Republican Sen. Rob Portman changes his stance on gay marriage upon revealing that his son is gay [“GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage,” seattletimes.com, March 15]. It’s reminiscent of how Dick Cheney, of all people, became Mr. Gay Rights when his daughter came out of the closet.

The real revelation behind this is that the most staunchly conservative politician can change views in a heartbeat the moment a social issue becomes personal. Which means, of necessity, that the original view (probably shared by the overwhelming majority of conservatives) was not validly formed.

One all-too-influential party has a dangerously restrictive view of who constitutes the “worth defending” element of our national community. As we’ve seen, it’s a view born mainly in willful ignorance.

–Lew Witham, Seattle

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