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View Diary: Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) Shows Us Exactly Why Republicans Suck (242 comments)

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  •  Forgive me if this was already posted (10+ / 0-)

    in comments. I did a quick scan and didn't see it.

    With the overwhelming majority of young people in support of allowing gay couples to marry, in some respects the issue has become more generational than partisan. The process of citizens persuading fellow citizens is how consensus is built and enduring change is forged. That’s why I believe change should come about through the democratic process in the states. Judicial intervention from Washington would circumvent that process as it’s moving in the direction of recognizing marriage for same-sex couples. An expansive court ruling would run the risk of deepening divisions rather than resolving them. I’ve thought a great deal about this issue, and like millions of Americans in recent years, I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage for same-sex couples. As we strive as a nation to form a more perfect union, I believe all of our sons and daughters ought to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and stability of marriage.
    So yes, he supports marriage equality. Just not for everyone. You gays there in the South. Suck it up. There is always a caveat with Republicans.
    •  Expansive Court Rulings (6+ / 0-)

      And, while we're at it, those reckless proclamations from the seats of government that seek to force inclusion regardless of the sentiments of individual citizens.

      Does this guy know what country he's living in?  Loving vs. Virginia, dude!  Brown vs. Board of Education.  Olmstead vs. L.C.  Heck, the Declaration of Independence (if you think that was at ALL unanimous, google "loyalists" in the Revolutionary War.  Franklin had to remind the ones who DID sign that just sitting in the room was already enough to get them hung for treason).  The Emancipation Proclamation.  The 13th Amendment. The 19th Amendment.  The Voting Rights Act.

      We're the country BUILT on expansive court rulings and reckless proclamations from the seats of government because we don't think people should have to wait on "consensus" to have their equal humanity, their equal protection, their equal access recognized at a right.

      We legislate these things -- or bring the court cases that decide them judicially -- because in too many cases there IS no citizen's consensus.  If it were up to "citizens persuading fellow citizens" until we just all rise up in agreement, I'm pretty Portman would be vying for a seat in Parliament, not Congress -- and there would be no women or people of color there.

      So, yeah, if this a "bold" move for him, it's the most timid bold move he could get away with.

      History should teach humility and prudence, but America doesn't seem to learn. I've never seen a virgin who loses her innocence so often. -- Gordon Wood

      by stormicats on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:32:18 AM PDT

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    •  Don't you just love that? (2+ / 0-)
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      It's in the process of becoming law that gays can marry!  Just don't force it only states that don't want it.

      WTF... the levels of cognitive dissonance here are astounding.

      "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

      by Silvia Nightshade on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:37:18 AM PDT

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