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Another Republican Supports Marriage Equality

Another prominent Republican leader has come out in support of marriage equality. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman shares with CNN that he changed his mind after his son Will came out to him and his wife Jane, serving as another reminder of how important it is for gay and lesbian Americans to share their personal stories to win hearts and change minds.

“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,” he wrote.

Portman said he and Jane were both surprised to learn that their son is gay, but he said they were “very supportive of him,” adding that they wanted Will to “know we were 100 percent supportive and we love him. He’s an amazing young man.”

“If anything, I’m even more proud of the way he has handled the whole situation.”

Portman had to deal with his position on the issue just two months later, when a group of students at the University of Michigan Law School protested his selection as a graduation speaker because of what they called his “openly hostile” position on gay rights. According to local media reports, more than 100 students walked out of the ceremony because they disagreed with his opposition to gay marriage.

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