Rob Portman's Helping GOP Revisit Marriage

By Boston Globe, Boston Globe - March 16, 2013

Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican rising star who co-sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, announced a public change of heart Friday. Two years after learning that his son was gay, Portman said, he has come to think differently about same-sex marriage, seeing it as a tribute, not a challenge, to the value of marriage itself. His declaration comes after a group of prominent current and former GOP officeholders — including Massachusetts governors William Weld, Jane Swift, and Paul Cellucci — argued for equal marriage rights in a friend-of-the-court brief in a Supreme Court challenge to DOMA.


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