(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner says he cannot envision a situation where his views would shift away from his opposition to same-sex marriage, even if one of his children came out as gay.
The Ohio Republican made his comments during a pre-taped interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s This Week shortly after Ohio Sen. Rob Portman announced his support for same-sex marriage.
Portman acknowledged his change of heart came after his college-aged son, Will, told him and his wife that he was a homosexual.
Boehner told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that while Portman is a close friend of his and that he respects his views, “I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. 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.”
Most Republican public figures agree with Boehner, although there has been some shifting of views about same-sex marriage as a group of more than 100 people with connections to the GOP have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay and lesbian nuptials.
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Stephen Collinson, CNN Newswire
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