March 15th, 2013
10:04 AM ET

Portman's marriage reversal gets mixed reaction

Hours after Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced he reversed his position on same-sex marriage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he won't second guess Portman but he's not entirely embracing the Ohio senator's change of heart, either.

Portman told CNN's Dana Bash that after his 21-year-old son came out two years ago, he came to the conclusion that same-sex marriage "is something that we should allow people to do."

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  1. Mary

    The gay community has repeatedly said they are "born this way"
    I have to disagree as I have never found scientific proof or case studies supporting that theory.

    March 21, 2013 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • deathwombat

      Have you ever found scientific proof or case studies supporting that they choose to be gay?

      March 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      There are gay tendencies in animals. Do you think they just want to be "fabulous"?
      Do you think a person would subject themselves to ridicule and judgement from people on purpose? Coming out, being gay can be very painful.

      March 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Shappa

      Whether they choose or not is irrelevant. Why should they not be allowed to be married? because it makes YOU uncomfortable? Too bad. People should be allowed to live as they please as long as it doesn't infringe on others, and gays being married does NOT infringe on anyone.

      March 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JakeF

      Why do you care if someone is gay, or not?

      It never ceases to amaze me that some people are incredibly concerned about the lifestyles of others they claim (in public) to disagree with. In private? You have to deal with your own mixed emotions about the subject. Isn't that right "Mary"?

      March 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It really doesn't matter if it's a choice or not. I personally think some are born that way, and some are influence by environment. But either way, it's not right to discriminate against them. Marriage, in the legal sense, is a form of contract. That's it. A contract. Contracts should be open to all consenting adults. Churches can continue having their bigoted version of marriage, but it cannot be intertwined with the legal version, as this is not Saudi Arabia.

      March 22, 2013 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
    • skyle

      Please stop posting to CNN. Every single thing you type up and submit sounds like the work of an uneducated bigot. Go read Fox News.

      March 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack237

      Have you ever found scientific proof or case studies about anything? What is your favorite scientific journal to peruse in your free time?

      March 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • PopQueen Argentina

      Let they gays marry if they wish. Eveyone has the right to be miserable. All kidding aside, it IS genetic. And if it wasn't, does it matter? Nope.

      March 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • yoji30

      When did you consciously choose to be straight?

      March 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milton Colaço

      Two wrongs dont a Right! If they are Sick in the head, then Legalising Marriage wont help them, You can accept a person having a problem (gay) Trolerate them But Let them Flaunt as if they have done some Good thing is Utterly wrong! To justify a Sick person to be Normal, Its like Legalising Theft because they think its COOL, and Have a Problem (Kleptomania)These people must see a "Shrink"

      March 27, 2013 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Technoman

      @wombat actually yes, there are actual people that say they are gay that is all.

      March 30, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Do you choose to be straight? I know you choose to be ignorant.

      April 1, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • JenniferC

      You have never found studies because you have never looked for studies.

      April 2, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Don K

      I doubt you've read anything scientific in your lifetime.

      April 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Good People = Happy People = People who have FREEDOM of CHOICE = USA. PeaceAll.

      April 8, 2013 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. lunchbreaker

    That make's more sense. I was wondering why Natalie Portman's views on marriage were all over the news.

    March 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I know, I got my hopes up that she was single. Not that she knows I exist or anything...

      March 22, 2013 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Brembo

      Same here.

      March 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Born this way

      I was wondering the same thing!

      April 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkflipflop

      *Sees headline*

      Holy crap Natalie is single?!

      *Clicks link*
      *Image of Newt pops up*

      God damnit.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. chris

    Gingrich's sister, Candice, is gay and an outspoken proponent of gay rights. I guess there is no alliance with kin in this family.

    March 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny

    John Stuart Mill, arguably the smartest person ever to live (scored higher than Einstein in IQ), wrote that if you enjoy doing something that does not harm others in any way, it is a just and right thing to do. I fail to see how gay marriage hurts straight anyone, and in fact normally improves the quality of life around it (ie adopted children). Being AGAINST gay marriage thus brings harm to others, and is not just. In other words, someone smarter than all of us has already decided whether it is "right" or not.

    If you disagree, that's ok - it's your right to do so. But gay marriage will be legal on a national level, as will marijuana use, in less than 10 years. Be progressive, and let others do their thing. Let's solve our ACTUAL problems, like unemployment, dirty banking practices, and education.

    March 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    This is sooooooo typical!! I disagree on principle – until it effects someone"I know".......I am sorry you do not get any respect from anyone for this move. It shows that principle does not matter anymore....what matters is what happens to ME and mine, how many votes I can get and what is the most popular – politically correct chess move!!! Bravo you have now become one of the clones of the US culture club!!! I am sure you will find lots of g-ay marriage tips online for when your son gets married!!!

    March 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Geri

    Why can't people leave each other along? I can't say I understand gays, but I am not the judge. Let people live their lives, their way. Geri

    March 26, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. eddie

    MYOB is that simple.....

    March 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Leah

    How many people clicked on this link expecting an article about Natalie Portman?

    April 2, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Don K


      April 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      Me. . .I was really hoping that meant Ellen was now single, too.

      April 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ian Clue

    Is it so hard to believe that some people are born super gay, some people are born super straight, and some people are somewhere in the middle and choose to live one way, the other, or both?

    April 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob Gilbert

    Wait. Did you just compare someone who is gay with someone who is a child molester? That might just be the stupidest thing I've read in a very long time.

    April 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. flamespeak

    When I tell people I am against same-gender marriage, they assume I am a bigot. Truth is, I fail to see why marriage should exist in this day and age at all. Why would you take someone you happy and content to spend the rest of your life with and feel you need to get lawyers and the government involved? Just leave a will bequeathing everything to the person you love and give them power of attorney for legal matters if either is incapacitated, there is no reason to jeopardize the financial and mental health of each other if things don't work out down the road.

    April 13, 2013 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
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