Writing Our Own Moral Code

Ohio GOP Senator Rob Portman, who, for the last several years has frequently been in the conversation for national office, recently reversed himself and declared his support for same-sex marriage. According to Portman himself, two years ago, his son Will announced that he was gay. Not wanting to stand in the way of his son's opportunity "to pursue happiness and fulfillment," is, evidently, what led to Portman's change of heart when it comes to the definition of marriage. Writing for New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait (a supporter of same-sex marriage) describes Portman's decision as a "moral failure, one of which he appears unaware." According to Chait, this "moral failure" is due to the fact that Portman "opposed gay marriage until he realized that opposition to gay marriage stands in the way of his own son's happiness." Chait goes on, "Portman ought to be able to recognize that, even if he changed his mind on gay marriage owing to personal experience, the logic stands irrespective...(Read Full Article)

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