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Boehner: Gay marriage is not marriage (+video)

Boehner: Gay marriage is not what his church teaches, he says. While Sen. Rob Portman may have switched his views on gay marriage, Rep. John Boehner "can't imagine" that his position on the issue would ever change.

Speaker Boehner unswayed by Portman shift on gay marriage
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House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday he cannot imagine ever supporting gay marriage even though Sen. Rob Portman, his friend and fellow Ohio Republican, very publicly reversed his opposition last week.

Senator Portman became the most prominent Republican lawmaker to back same-sex marriage, doing so two years after his son told him he is gay.

"Rob is a great friend and a long-time ally," Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, told ABC's "This Week."

"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," added Boehner, who is a Roman Catholic.

Portman served as U.S. trade representative and White House budget director under Republican President George W. Bush.


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