Portman chose the politically popular side in this matter, i.e. the Leftward most position on pro-unnatural marriage sure to garnish lib media approbation. The term "Strange New Respect" entered common conservative parlance during the 1990 Souter appointment to the Supreme Court by then President George H. W. Bush.
As we know, Souter turned out to be a liberal. "Strange New Respect" also accurately describes what Portman will reap from the popular culture. Please all you culturally liberal conservatives spare us the nonsense that it took courage; true courage would have been to tell his son to get right with the Lord, not abet the evil by endorsing the sin.”