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To put it mildly, the fundie fringe is not at all happy that Rob Portman now supports marriage equality.

First up, Bryan Fischer.  On Focal Point today, Fischer expressed sympathy for Portman and his son, but declared that as gut-wrenching as it may be, it's not enough to justify allowing gays to marry legally.  Watch here:

Fischer expanded on it in a post on Instant Analysis (formerly Rightly Concerned), pointing out that the Founding Fathers said major changes shouldn't be based on "light and transient issues."  Um, Bryan?  I wouldn't call finding out that your son is no less human because he's gay a "light and transient issue."

CBN's David Brody opined that Portman's change of heart is yet more evidence that the Republican leadership has walked away from the marriage issue  He even offered a veiled threat--unless the GOP leadership changes its tune and fast, "conservative evangelicals all across the country may start walking away from the GOP."

Believe it or not, though, this is actually the mildest statement I've found from a fundie on Portman's change of heart.  Some of what I've found (with a little help from People for the American Way) is downright nasty, even by fundie standards.  For instance, Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition wondered if Portman would support his son if he were a drunk driver, and claimed that by not telling his son that he was wrong, Portman put his office ahead of his duty as a parent.  

But for sheer ugliness, it's hard to top a statement from William Murray of Government is Not God.  Murray had the gall to write that Portman's son could die of AIDS unless he goes to conversion therapy--now.  If that name doesn't sound familiar, Murray is the son of Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  When he was a kid in Baltimore, being forced to pray in school ultimately led to one of the Supreme Court cases that held that practice unconstitutional.

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