|Senator Rob Portman and his family|
GOP Ohio senator Rob Portman, one-time frontrunner to be Mittens' VP, tells CNN he has reversed his negative position on gay marriage, largely due to the fact that his son come out to him two years ago.
Openly gay Council President Christine Quinn announces she is running for mayor of NYC, the most important city in the country (yes, I said that!), and she actually has a strong chance of winning.
The Denver Post runs a front page photo of the gay Speaker of the Colorado House kissing his partner right on the mouth as civil union legislation is passed. There is a baby bottle on the desk by them for their child. A few right-wingers are highly offended, but the paper does not back down. I still don't get what's so offensive about two men or two women kissing. There was a conservative blog about this stating parents should not have to be forced to explain this shocking display of affection to their kiddies. I remember when I was in college working in the library in the early 80s. Some of the staff were discussing an upcoming gay pride parade and a guy said "Well, I hope no children happen to see it so they don't have to look at any men kissing." Actually, I overheard him say this and I didn't say anything, but it amazes me that there are still people who have a problem with same-gendered couples lip-locking.
A few speakers at this week's CPAC such as political scientist and author Charles Murray urges attendees to just shut up and deal with it. "With gay marriage, I think the train has left the station," he said. His argument was that younger people who might otherwise be interested in following the conservative movement are turned off by the bigoted, rigid hatred of gay folks and wanting to keep us as second-class citizens. At the same conference, Sen. Marco Rubio says just because he believes in "traditional" marriage--or a state's right to enforce it--that does not make him a bigot. Fifty years ago, people against interracial marriage probably said the same thing.