Just days after Sen. Rob Portman announced his support for gay marriage in light of his son’s decision to come out, House Speaker John Boehner was asked if he could envision himself changing his position on marriage equality.
His response: no.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Boehner was asked how he would react if he found out he had a gay child. The speaker admitted that, while he could ‘appreciate’ Portman’s new position, he would never budge on gay marriage – not even if he found out his child was gay.
“Listen, Rob's a great friend and a long-time ally,” Boehner said. “And 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.”
When the host pressed him a little more on how he would feel if he were personally impacted by marriage equality, like Portman is, Boehner replied: "Listen, I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. All right. 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."