« Al Cardenas' Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) generates M4M Craigslist postings | Main | Video | Venezuela's interim President Maduro: 'If I were gay, I'd take ownership of it with pride' »

GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage after his own son comes out (with video)


CINCINNATI -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says he now supports gay marriage because one of his sons is gay.

Portman told reporters Thursday in Washington that his views began changing in 2011 when his college-age son Will told his parents he was gay.

Portman says he reconsidered gay marriage from a different perspective, one of a father who wants all three of his children to have happy lives with people they love.

He says he discussed the issue with his pastor and others, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian.

Two House Republicans, including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, also have said they support marriage equality.

As a member of the House in 1996, Portman had voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage after his own son comes out (with video):


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment