Portman had a chance to be both a wise father and a political statesman. He failed at both. When his son told him he was "gay", he could have led his son in the way in which he should go by telling him, "No, son, you're not gay. You're human, meaning you are capable of making wise decisions as well as foolish ones. This is a foolish one, and you need to repent of it." As a political statesman, he could have upheld the higher standards of righteousness that are required, in spite of family pressures and thus, benefited many, especially in generations to come. But he didn't.