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Republican Sen. Rob Portman speaks out about gay son, gay marriage

Rob Portman with his family, including his gay son (far right), Will. Photo via Rob Portman Senate race.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R) penned an editorial on Friday in The Columbus Dispatch which reveals his change of heart on gay marriage, which he now supports.

Portman admits that his position on gay marriage changed upon finding out that his young adult son was gay after he came out to he and his wife, Jane Portman, while he was an undergrad at Yale in 2011.

In the first paragraph Portman wrote, “I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married.”

Portman went onto explain that  his son, Will, came out while in college and that he was proud of his son’s courage and sense of self. Portman also said that his son explained to him that he didn’t choose to be gay, it was simply who he is.

While Portman admitted that he “wrestled with how to reconcile [his] Christian Faith”  with his son’s coming out, he soon realized that as a true conservative, his ideology supported minimal intrusion in people’s lives coupled with a value system that promotes commitment and family bonds and liberty, irregardless of who one chooses to love.

Portman also suggests that gay marriage is a “tribute to marriage”, not a threat to it and acknowledges a role reversal from his previous position on gay marriage.

Portman wrote, “I’ve thought a great deal about this issue, and like millions of Americans in recent years, I’ve changed my mind on the question of marriage for same-sex couples. As we strive as a nation to form a more perfect union, I believe all of our sons and daughters ought to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and stability of marriage.”

In response, Will Portman tweeted a shout out to his dad today, saying of the op-ed, “Especially proud of my dad today.”