“Change Of Heart” Pushes Portman To Support Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. Senator Rob Portman.(Photo: U.S. Senate)
U.S. Senator Rob Portman.(Photo: U.S. Senate)

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

During an interview Thursday in Washington, Portman said his evolution on the subject of gay marriage began in 2011 when his son, Will, then a freshman at Yale University, told his parents he was gay.

Portman says his new views reflect “a change of heart from the position of a father” and that he first talked to his pastor and others, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian.

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/peterboyle.4848 Peter Boyle

    What a hypocrit. It was OK if other people’s children suffered, but now that his own child has ‘come out’, he is in favor of gay marriage. That stinks and Portman should lose the next election. Typical hypocritical Republican BS. YOU have to suffer but me and mine do not. A variant on the usual Republican mantra of “I’ve got mone, screw you if you don’t have yours.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amber-Dru/100002491478976 Amber Dru

    What bothers me is his Numbersusa score–D+

    Portman, my family does “those jobs Americans won’t do”.

    You should represent citizens, not illegal aliens.

    Barbara Jordan

    The federal bi-partisan commission chaired by the celebrated civil rights champion Barbara Jordan recommended both of the things that the open-borders folks decrying . Jordan called for the end of the lottery (among other things) and for REDUCTIONS that might cut the annual new foreign worker competition in half.

    She also said. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMywOal05s0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-James/1017743396 Ian James

    As a co-founder of FreedomOhio, the statewide non-profit organization working to repeal the 2004 Marriage Ban, I believe true leadership is found in those who turn from opposition to support, not by political calculations but the love of family.

    It is wonderful that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
    and his wife are giving the love and support to their son because that
    “defines family.” With their powerful message of acceptance
    and love, the Portmans are role models to mothers, fathers, sons and
    daughters to Ohio and the nation.

    The Freedom To Marry and
    Religious Freedom Amendment is 46 simple, clear and constitutional words
    that will allow a loving couple to get married and at the same time
    ensure religious institutions are free to choose to perform and
    recognize marriages or not.

    Sen. Portman’s announcement
    continues the great momentum we are witnessing as our growing list of
    volunteers hit the streets with petitions in hand to collect signatures
    to end marriage discrimination in Ohio.
    If you want Marriage Equality in Ohio download and circulate a petition now: https://FreedomOhio.com/petition