I try to avoid politics on this blog, so feel free to skip this one.
With Rob Portman announcing support for gay marriage, folks on the left argued that it’s not cool that conservatives only support causes that impact their direct family.
While that is a partly fair criticism, I think that reasonable people will see that if your entire background tells you that position A is correct, a child driving you to position B should be viewed as personal growth, not hypocrisy.
I just read this post by Andrew Sullivan, an openly gay Catholic (talk about reconciling contrary positions). He had been supportive of Portman in the first place. The money quote for the first post (sic) is
My mother had the only response an Ohio mother of a gay son could possible have: “Holy shit.”
So we move forward (or backwards depending on your position). Again, I disagree with some folks on the left who argue that people should have had empathy in the first place and realized how they’d feel if their son/daughter was gay. It just doesn’t work that way. We are human.
Though from a political standpoint, it is somewhat concerning that no Senators’ children can come out of the closet and announce that they are poor. Politically, that explains a lot.