Sen. Portman Reverses Gay-Marriage Stance

    FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio , left, pauses to talk on Capitol Hill in Washington. Enveloped by political gridlock, President Barack Obama is reaching out to rank-and-file Republicans, hosting GOP senators for dinner at the White House Wednesday night and then visiting Capitol Hill next week for separate meetings with Senate and House Republicans.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Sen. Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26. (Carolyn Kaster/AP),Carolyn Kaster

    Same-sex marriage advocates: 1, Defense of Marriage Act: 0. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman stunned Washington on Thursday when he told a local Ohio newspaper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, that he has had a “change of heart” on the issue of same-sex marriage. “I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, get married.” A co-sponsor of the controversial 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Portman says the reversal of his stance on gay marriage began when his son Will told him that he was gay in 2011. The Ohio native says he is now approaching the topic “from the position of a father” who wants all his children, including his son, to be able to get married.

    After learning his own son is gay.

    Watch Senator Portman tell CNN's Dana Bash about his "change of heart."

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