Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a dude that was firmly opposed to gay marriage, has now reconsidered his stance after learning that his son is gay.
“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective,” Portman told reporters, “and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years.”
Portman is the first Senate Republican to back gay marriage.
If there’s one thing that can make any parents feel equal to each other, it’s having their kids embarrass them in public and cause a standstill in their task-at-hand. This happened to gay dads
Dr. Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman yesterday at a marriage equality rally in Minnesota. Their sons, Emmett and Gabriel turned on the cute, and almost brought Melchart’s speech to an early close.
After seeing the antics, the audience laughed as Melchart introduced his family: “You’ve met Emmett, and his twin brother Gabriel…”
So JCPenney done did it now. First, they get in trouble with an anti-gay mother’s group for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson (and not backing down). Now, JCPenney launches a Father’s Day ad featuring not one – but two dads. And the kicker is, those dads are gay. Like, gay for each other.
SRSLY, JCPenney, this is an awesome step in the right direction not just for dadvertising, but for advertising as a whole – and 8BitDad salutes you. See the full (uncropped, un8bit’d) ad after the jump.
Last week, after five hours of testimony, the Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey General Assembly approved legislation in favor of gay marriage. On February 13, the full state Assembly will vote on that legislation. Known-pickle Governor Chris Christie will then see the bill on his desk if the full Assembly approves it. The star of the Assembly committee meeting was 15 year old Madison Galluccio, adopted daughter of Jon and Michael Galluccio, whose speech you can hear after the jump.
BTW, the Galluccios also wrote a book about their fight for same-sex adoption in 2002 called “An American Family“. New Jersey was the first state in the union to allow same-sex adoption in 1997.
Stay tuned for Madison’s speech. That means click the Continue button.