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Ken Mehlman: GOP Evolution On Gay Marriage Is Personal

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, who came out as gay in 2010, believes GOP politicians' views on same-sex marriage are affec...

Senate Vote May Signal Problems For The Gun Lobby

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

The outcome of Wednesday’s dramatic Senate vote on expanding background checks simultaneously demonstrated the difficult geography confronting gun-c...

Have We Learned Nothing From 9-11?

Daryl Rowland | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

Following the horrific events at the Boston Marathon, Facebook posts revealed an additional horror: many posters were once again willing to abandon civil protections and principles in a vain effort to stop all terrorism.

Poll: GOP Voters React To Portman's Gay Marriage Stance

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

Republican disapproval of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has jumped 13 points since he announced his support for gay marriage, according to polling release...

Democrat Promises To Challenge Rob Portman For His Vote Against Gun Control Bill

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

Ohio State Rep. Bob Hagan (D) was so incensed by Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) vote against background check legislation on Wednesday that he quickly we...

Accept And Tolerate My Gay Kid? That's Not Good Enough

Amelia | Posted 06.07.2013 | Gay Voices

With politicians there is a lot talk of "acceptance" and "tolerance" when it comes to homosexuality. I accept the fact that I have to pay taxes. I tolerate the fact that I have to go to the dentist. Why should either of those words apply to how a parent feels about their child?

Rob Portman, Nancy Reagan and the Empathy Deficit

Steven Conn | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Before the applause for Senator Portman grows too enthusiastic, let's also note that his embrace of marriage equality reveals a fundamental failure of empathy in the first place. After all, we ought to assume that if not for his gay son, Portman would still oppose gay marriage.

Celebrating Progress of Marriage Equality and Not Settling For Anything Less Than Full Equality

Gregory Cendana | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

We must hold ALL elected officials and ourselves to higher standards of equality. We must break down the silos whether by community, issue or campaign. We must be bold, visionary and steadfast in our commitment to social and economic justice.

Evolving Views: A New and Improved Flip-Flopping

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

To say a politician has flip-flopped ties the politician to his changing position. Flip-flopping is an intentional action, an opportunistic one. Evolving evokes a metaphor external to the agency of a politician.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk Backs Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced his support for same-sex marriage Tuesday, becoming the second Republican senator to do so after his colleague Sen. ...

Why a Gay Marriage Backlash Is Unlikely

William D. Blake | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
William D. Blake

Few pundits think that the justices will legalize gay marriage across the board, if for no other reason than the Court's anxiousness over a potential backlash from the public. I believe these fears the justices may hold are misguided.

Lawmakers Rush To Catch Up On Marriage Equality

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For years, American opinion on gay marriage has been shifting. Now lawmakers are in a mad dash to catch up. In less than two weeks...

Senators Reverse Gay Marriage Views Ahead Of Supreme Court Hearing

Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

Ahead of the Supreme Court's consideration of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, a number of U.S. senators are publicly denouncing the law and ...

Rob Portman's Son, Will Portman, Writes About His Dad's Gay Marriage Conversion

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) announcement earlier this month that he supports same-sex marriage was a profound moment in the gay rig...

BOTH SIDES NOW: Are Gays and Women Winning the Culture War?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna Huffington and Mary Matalin discuss the two greatest cultural shifts in our lifetimes -- women at work and gays in society. Are Sheryl Sandberg and Rob Portman inflection points? Goodbye to Buchanan and Scalia?

Karl Rove: 'I Could' See A GOP Candidate Supporting Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

Count Republican strategist Karl Rove among the folks who see a possible GOP evolution on gay marriage. In an appearance on Sunday's edition of ABC...

Lila Shapiro

Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Before his son came out to him, Mike Neubecker had never thought about same-sex marriage. It was 1991; few Americans had. Sodomy was still a crime and...

The Politics of Saxby's Inner Child

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Sen. Portman caught some flack last week for only supporting gay rights after discrimination hit home to his own family. Sen. Chambliss represents the flipside of what Matt Yglesias called the "politics of narcissism." If it doesn't affect me, Sen. Chambliss is saying, it doesn't matter.

Michelangelo Signorile

Tammy Baldwin Addresses GOP Senator's Gay Marriage Reversal | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.21.2013 | Gay Voices

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who in 2012 became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, says she spent a full day in...

GOP Senator: 'I'm Not Gay. So I'm Not Going To Marry One.'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said that he won't be following Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) recent support for gay marriage. "I’m not gay. ...

Conservatives Can Learn From Rob Portman

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Did he not realize that the sons and daughters of many of his constituents, who are indeed also loved by their parents no less than Portman loves his own son, had been treated unfairly due to the laws that he had supported?

GOP Begins Its Walk-Back

Salon | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

I gave Reince Priebus and his minions too much credit the other day. His “autopsy” of the Republican Party’s disastrous 2012 election cycle most...

Hillary's Same-Sex Marriage Video: Too Late to the Party?

Sandip Roy | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Sandip Roy

Hillary's announcement now just feeds into the notion that she's being opportunistic because the numbers have changed. Her support is welcome but the video makes a big production out of something her supporters take for granted by now.

A Republican Discovers His Heart

Mark Morford | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Morford

Rob Portman's views on the issues of the day still bode quite ill and ugly for modern culture as a whole. Until now. Until, I'm guessing, just this once.

Reince Priebus: Marriage Is Between 'One Man And One Woman'

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said the party's platform on gay marriage has not changed despite the massive effort sp...