Republican Senator of Ohio Rob Portman has come out in support of marriage equality. The senator published an op/ed on Friday regarding his change of opinion on The Columbus Dispatch, and then reaffirmed his position in an interview with CNN. He revealed that not only has he changed his stance on gay marriage, but that his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I’ve had for over 26 years,” wrote Portman in his op/ed. “That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay.”
The Yale University student came out to his parents when he was a freshman in college. The senator wrote, “[Will] 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 [Portman’s wife] and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage.”
Senator Portman also wrote that when his son first told them he way gay they, “…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.”
Senator Portman also confided in former US Vice-President Dick Cheney. Cheney’s daughter, Mary, is an out lesbian. Portman said that he asked Ceney for some guidance and advice. Cheney gave him the advice to “Follow your heart.”
“I think we should be allowing gay couples the joy and stability of marriage,” Portman told Cincinatti.com,
The Senator ended his op/ed with, “As we strive as a nation to form a more perfect union, I believe all of our sons and daughters ought to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and stability of marriage.”
Portman’s son tweeted out early Friday morning, “Especially proud of my dad today.”