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. chrissy

    Oh c'mon Cnn, is Portman for or against? Not that i really care but if your going to tell this story at least tell the whole story.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He is FOR it now, chrissy.

      March 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Chrissy, it's a teaser, they want you to click the "full story" link. But he's now "for". Gingrich, for his part, is still "against". His position with his sister, I suppose, is they agree to disagree.

    Gingrich does have one point though (besides the one on his head). Marriage was originally a religious thing centuries ago, one which governments have piggy backed onto. I don't think governments should ever force churches to recognize or perform same s3x marriages if they don't believe in doing so.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • awtheydidnt

      marriage definitely didn't start as religious thing. marriage was a political/economic thing. it was all about forming alliances and served economic purposes (access to resources, etc.)

      March 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    You really need to word things carefully here or you get blocked.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    Chrissy, it's a teaser, they want you to click the "full story" link. But he's now "for". Gingrich, for his part, is still "against". His position with his sister, I suppose, is they agree to disagree.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    Marriage was originally a religious thing centuries ago, one which governments have piggy backed onto. I don't think governments should ever force churches to recognize or perform same s3x marriages if they don't believe in doing so.

    March 15, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't think the government is trying to force Chruches to do that. I have never read one story that the US is going against churches; just the state laws banning gays from being married.
      As they should. Denying a segment of our society marriage to the person they love is ridiculous.

      March 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snap snap

      putting your junk in another mans hoo hah is rediculous. Yuck. The definition of disgusting!

      March 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Then don't put your junk in another man's hoo hah. Nobody is trying to legislate that into existence. Keep your nose out of other people's bedrooms, and you won't have a problem.

      March 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Godwin's law invoked.
      Thankfully, bigoted opinions can't be codified into law.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Yea i know now banasy but i had to read it from BOMBO. Lol maybe cnn should hire him.

    March 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. poppajohn818

    I pray for him. However, I still believe you can support your son but not the sin. By switching beliefs he is not helping his son he is destroying Christianity.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He is doing nothing of the sort. If one silly senator changing his mind about gay marriage is destroying Christianity, then it wasn't that strong to begin with. Not to mention that many people do not follow the Christian faith, and denying them marriage BASED on it is wrong. This is why we have separation of church and state. Don't marry a gay person if you don't want to; I promise gay people won't care if you do or not.

      March 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

      @ pappajohn818:
      Think about what you said: "he is destroying Christianity."
      If a USA politician can destroy Christianity, there must not have been much to Christianity in the first place.

      March 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I see we said virtually the very same thing four and a half hours apart, JIF! As I said below, great minds think alike.

      March 16, 2013 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • heywood

      Hey good Christian, dont they teach forgiveness and understanding in the church? Why do your personal beliefs even matter? He's defending his son. Cant fault him for that. Think what you may, as backward and clueless as it may be.

      March 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    As 2014 mid term elections draw nearer, I'm sure we're going to see a lot more of them changing their stance on this. After all, we all know they'll do anything to retain those cushy do nothing jobs with the mega benefits. I mean, where else can make $174,000, plus benefits, a year to sit on you butt and do nothing but BS the people all day ?

    March 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      I do believe you just described Obama. Lol

      March 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      ummm lets seeeee bobcat,oh yeah weather forcasters!

      March 16, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      troy go back to sleep( a sleepy mind does not function well) you know know President Obama has to work hard when going up against half brain republicans!

      March 16, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I know lots of gay couples, including two married men.
    They don't want to force churches to marry them. They want equal legal rights and benefits.

    March 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      GMTA, JIF.

      March 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dreamer96

    Oh Yeah When the topic is marriage the guy that speaks up is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Newt is suddenly an expert about marriage?...He left one of his many wives when she was fighting cancer..and Newt cheated on all his previous wives....

    March 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    sooo misinformed, just for the record, religion did not invent marriage...there is no such thing as samesx marriage...even darwin's theory of natural selection would not support this gay thingy...

    March 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, good. If religion didn't invent marriage, then churches should have no objections, right? But church weddings aren't even the issue. And there IS such a thing as same sex marriage. Just ask the gay couples who are happily wed. If one objects, one shouldn't marry a gay person. And it really doesn't affect anyone but the couple who wish to wed, so...file it under 'nunya'.

      March 16, 2013 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol @ Joey AMEN to your post @ 5:58!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I keep submitting comments in vain.
    Last night I tried to reply to @ banasy, and to @ chrissy. Some of the best writers and thinkers here are complaining. We know the computer's word games.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And they are getting very tedious; however, I refuse to dumb down my comments to pass some computer's muster.

      March 16, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alan

    The problem with this and every other liberal/progressive/democrat agenda is it's ALWAYS a slippery slope. Almost without fail whenever they "compromise" the next thing you hear out of their mouths is "well...it's a step in the right direction." Wake up conservatives, the only people compromising are us, the rest are just getting the next step in the "right" direction and don't forget it. Read about Hutchinson Kansas. But for a bitter public debate, the churches there would have been forced to host gay weddings or give up renting facilities for weddings. Check it out.

    March 20, 2013 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. David Crosby

    Why is Newt even being asked about anything...He is irrelevant..As is your reporting...

    March 21, 2013 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
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