Sen. Rob Portman, a longtime opponent of gay marriage, has changed his views on the issue after his son came out to him and his wife two years ago.
â€œMy son came to Jane, my wife, and I, told us he was gay, and that it was not a choice, and thatâ€™s just part of who he is, and heâ€™d been that way ever since he could remember,â€ Mr. Portman, whose focus in Congress has mainly been economic issues, told CNN. â€œAnd that launched an interesting process for me, which was rethinking my position, talking to my pastor and religious leaders and going through a process of, at the end, changing my position on the issue. I now believe that people ought to have the right to get married.â€
â€œIt hasnâ€™t, of course, changed our view at all of him,â€ Mr. Portman said, adding that his reaction was â€œlove, support â€” 110 percent.â€
The Ohio Republican, who was on the short list to be 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romneyâ€™s running mate, said he did tell Mr. Romney during the vetting process that his son Will, 21, was gay.
As a candidate, Mr. Romney supported a federal amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, but Mr. Portman said he was told it was not a factor in Mr. Romneyâ€™s decision on his running mate, which was ultimately Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican.
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