House Speaker John Boehner won’t budge on marriage equality even though his friend and fellow Republican Sen Rob Portman (R-OH) has seen the light.
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.”
It’s not like you would ever expect him to change anyway, but it does go to the point that opponents to marriage equality are not basing it on much more than an abstract notion handed down to him by tradition and the church. You heard the same excuses fifty years ago when it was about desegregation and civil rights: It’s what I grew up with. It’s the laziest answer there is.
It also makes you wonder what it is that would touch Mr. Boehner enough to move him away from a view that is rapidly being seen by more and more Americans as outdated, bigoted, and unfair. But then that would require probing the mind of a man who has heretofore shown the intellectual curiosity of a garden gnome figurine, so it would be an utter waste of time.