Boehner: ‘I can’t imagine’ supporting a gay son’s marriage

By David Edwards
Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:45 EDT
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John Boehner speaks to ABC News
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Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman recently reversed on his opposition to same sex marriage after his son came out as gay, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says that he would never support equal marriage rights for an LGBT child.

During an interview with ABC that aired on Sunday, host Martha Raddatz asked Boehner if he had talked to Portman about his change of heart.

“He has, in fact, called,” the House Speaker admitted. “I appreciate that he’s decided to change his views on this, but I believe that marriage is a union of a man and a woman.”

“Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you reversed your decision as Portman has on gay marriage if a child of yours or someone you loved told you they were gay?” Raddatz pressed.

“I believe that marriage is the union of one man, one woman,” Boehner repeated. “It’s what I grew up with, it’s what I believe, it’s what my church teaches me.”

“And I can’t imagine that position would ever change.”

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast March 17, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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