Target: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Goal: Thank Senator Portman for endorsing marriage equality following his son coming out, hopefully setting a precedent for other Republicans.
In 2011, Senator Rob Portman’s son, Will, came out as gay. Now, in 2013, Senator Portman has changed his opinion on marriage equality, coming out in support of same-sex marriage. This is a significant change for Portman, who in 2012 opposed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which would have legally prohibited businesses from firing people on the basis of sexual orientation.
Since reversing his stance on marriage equality, Senator Portman has faced considerable criticism from fellow GOP representatives. At CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), where conservatives have a tendency to make notoriously extremist comments, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) called Portman’s change in views a “capitulation” to make “liberals flock to us.”
In actuality, contrary to what Huelskamp and others believe about Portman’s beliefs being a capitulation or a change done for the sake of popularity, Portman stands to alienate many in his party against him. As a matter of fact, Portman is the only sitting Republican senator who advocates for marriage equality. One does hope that his change of views will prompt other Republicans to follow his lead, but right now, Portman’s opinions are prompting negative backlash. Sign this petition to thank Portman for reversing his opinion on marriage equality, and to encourage further support of the advancement of marriage equality.
Dear Senator Portman,
Thank you for the recent reversal of your stance on marriage equality. In recognizing that your son should have the right to marry a same-sex partner, just as you have the right to have married your opposite sex partner, you are acknowledging that your son should have access to a life as full as your own.
I hope more conservatives will recognize that all gay people are someone’s sons and someone’s daughters. Gay people are not abstract “Others” but rather people’s sons, daughters, husbands, wives, cousins, and parents. Your son coming out has clearly made you realize this, and for that, I am thankful. Although your decision is not popular with your party, it is a brave decision, and it is the right thing to do. Thank you for standing up for what is right.
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