Sunday, March 17, 2013

CPAC Attendees Hostile To GOP Senator's Support For Gay Marriage

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio (right) is now the only sitting Republican senator who supports gay marriage, changing his former opposition in response to his son Will's coming out in February 2011. Portman explained his reversal in a Friday op-ed; regardless, his stance was received with tremendous hostility at this past weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC. Think Progress interviewed 10 attendees, all of whom criticized Portman, including a pastor who urged the senator to "quit being so selfish as to only think about his son" and a woman who recalled the 1950s, "when people who were homosexual stayed in the closet. And I really preferred it that way." CPAC also barred conservative gay rights groups GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans from participating in the conference. Watch as CPAC attendees blast Portman and marriage equality:

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