COLUMBUS, Ohio â€“ Ohioâ€™s Republican Senator, one of the most active opponents of same-sex marriage, announced yesterday that he has reversed his position since learning one of his sons is gay.
â€śIâ€™m announcing today a change of heart,â€ť he told reporters from the stateâ€™s major newspapers yesterday.
One of the co-sponsors of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act as a Congressman, Portman now says government shouldn’t deny same-sex couples the opportunity to have “joy and stability.”
Portman says he was staunchly against gay marriage until 2011, when his son came out and changed his perspective.
â€śMy son came to Jane, my, wife and I and told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice and that thatâ€™s just part of who he is, heâ€™d been that was ever since he could remember. And, that launched an interesting process for me,â€ť Portman said.
The Supreme Court next week hears arguments on a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage, and the â€śDispatchâ€ť reports that Portman believes the court should strike down the portion of the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.