“Sen. Rob Portman comes out in favor of gay marriage after son comes out as gay”

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By Sabrina Eaton, Plain Dealer Washington Reporter

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discusses his views on gay marriage in his office on Capitol Hill.Sabrina Eaton/The Plain Dealer

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discusses his views on gay marriage in his office on Capitol Hill.
Sabrina Eaton/The Plain Dealer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.

Portman said his son, a junior at Yale University, told him and his wife, Jane, that he’s gay and “it was not a choice, it was who he is and that he had been that way since he could remember.”

“It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that’s of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,” Portman told reporters in an interview at his office.

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