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Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

mmekota Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 12:15 PM
Marriage is not a right. It is a privilege conferred by society in return for the benefits heterosexual marriage brings to society. Marriage is not a private matter but a public institution. Gay marriage is not about happiness or benefiting society but about grabbing government goodies. I have no desire to deny gay couples happiness, but why do they need marriage to be happy? Do whatever you want -- it's your own private business. But gay marriage is about public recognition, public status, and public benefits. Unfortunately, public responsibility is not part of it.
In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

He wrote that on learning that one of his sons is gay he "wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister."

He is not the only prominent Republican to come to this view in this way. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is another.

And at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention, a panel sponsored by the...