Ohio, USA: GOP Senator Rob Portman Supports Marriage Equality After Son Comes Out

Written by scott on March 15th, 2013

Ohio Senator Rob PortmanIt’s really all about family. When one of Ohio GOP Senator Rob Portman’s sons came out to him, he changed his mind on gay marriage. Think Progress reports:

Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love. At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

How many other republican politicians have gay and lesbian children?

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Tim says:

    So his god’s rules only apply when they don’t affect his life.

    Sounds like par for the course.

  2. Petr says:

    Good for him! It’s is a perfect example of how more and more people will come around to supporting our right to equality! It’s even braver of him given how intolerant the right is of anyone who doesn’t strictly tow their line!

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