Rob Portman and moral choices
Rob Portman was against homosexual marriage before he was for it. The apparent reason for his changed position: he has a child who claims to prefer homosexuality. From Portman:
I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister. Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.
Love and compassion are Biblical themes. Homosexual relations, let alone homosexual marriage, aren’t.
In an unrelated secular hypothetical, would it be that Portman would be for underage drinking and legalized marijuana if one or more of his children were found to be users? Or how about if Mr. Portman had a daughter who wanted to be married to two men—or a son who wanted to be married to two men—would he be ok with that? After all, where is the love?
While people have the right to change their minds, on what basis are moral choices—and “evolved positions”—made?
Both expediency and cognitive dissonance come to mind in Portman’s case and Biblical teaching does not.