UPDATE: Read my fleshed-outed article on this act of "bravery" HERE -- my first piece for the Huffington Post.
Top Republican senator shocks party
by reversing his opposition to same-sex marriage after his son told him he is gay
Republican Sen. Rob Portman is under fire from his conservative constituents -- and being called brave by others -- after announcing that he has had a change of heart on gay marriage. The Ohio lawmaker -- who was on Mitt Romney's short list of running mates -- said he made the decision after his 21-year-old son, Will (in checked shirt), came out to him. (Wait till the blond comes out next Christmas!)
While I would like to say that it makes me happy to have the first Republican senator come out in support of marriage equality, I still can't get past the whole "I need this EXACT situation to affect me PERSONALLY before I can do anything" mentality that seems to persist in the halls of Congress. Do I need to have a close relative have Parkinson's disease to think there should be government funding for a cure? Does a member of my family need to be African American for me to think the Voting Rights Act needs to be renewed? Does my house have to be destroyed by a hurricane to vote for emergency relief funding? Do I need to have a close relative of mine to be raped and murdered to think there should be laws against that?
The utter lack of empathy displayed by these people sickens me to the point that if and when some of them finally see the light, I almost hate them more .... for showing a complete lack of conviction. I guess this is just the way it works, but don't look for me to be handing out any medals for acting like a human being.