Gay marriage and guns.
Two issues, so completely different from one another, and yet they have defined Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, in 2013.
Pundits and politicians alike are pondering how the Terrace Park Republican’s positions on these hot-button issues will impact his chances for re-election in 2016.
2016 seems to be a long way away; but, in politics, it is never too early to start thinking about the next election.
U.S. Sen Rob Portman's son, Will, wrote a column in today's Yale Daily News, explaining in great detail how he decided to "come out of the closet" about being gay; and how his father reacted.
The junior senator from Ohio learned his son was gay two years ago. Earlier this month, Portman came out in favor of gay marriage, the only Republican senator who has done so.
Would the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage passed by an overwhelming majority of Ohioans in 2004 pass if it were on the ballot today?
We may soon find out.
We went through an entire presidential election cycle with barely a peep from the candidates on social issues such as gay marriage.
Now, though, the debate over gay marriage is front and center in Ohio.
CNN is reporting Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage. Portman says he's had a change of heart since learning one of his sons is gay. See the story here.
In an editorial in the Columbus Dispatch, Portman writes: