GOP Re-Branding, Day 3.5:Will Portman, Senator’s Gay Son, Criticized By Conservatives
Days after Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) publicly reversed his stance on same-sex marriage, conservative pundits and activists have singled out the politician’s gay son for his sexual identity.
On the same day Portman’s change of heart made national headlines, the right wing blog “Government Is Not God” warned the politician that homosexuality “may eventually kill his son from AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, or oral cancer.”
“Homosexual sex is ultimately just as destructive as cocaine use,” the post continued. “Would Portman suddenly call for the legalization of cocaine if his son had announced that he was a cocaine addict? Would that be “loving” and “compassionate”?”
In a statement posted on the Family Research Council (FRC) website, FRC president Tony Perkins wrote that Will’s choices, and the choices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in general “are both harmful to them and society as a whole.”
Meanwhile, Bryan Fischer, the controversial mouthpiece of the anti-gay American Family Association, compared being gay to being a bank robber, adding “prayers for the senator, his wife, his son and their entire family are called for at this time.”