John Boehner ‘can’t imagine’ ever supporting marriage equality, even if his own kid was gay


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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he cannot imagine a situation where his opposition to same-sex marriage would change, not even if a child of his or another loved one came out as gay.

Boehner’s remarks come in response to Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, also of Ohio, who reversed his longtime opposition to marriage equality this week, after announcing that his son Will is gay.

Portman said he and his wife want all of their children to have “the joy and stability of marriage … including our son, who is gay.”

In a new interview that airs Sunday, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz asked Boehner if he could imagine a similar situation where he would reverse his opposition to same-sex marriage because a a child of his ir loved came out as gay.

“I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” Boehner responded stoically. “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.”


The full interview will air Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous.”

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