Rob Portman's Son: Why Dad Backs Gay Marriage
Will Portman describes coming out
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 10:42 AM CDT
Senate Energy Committee member Sen. Rob Portman sits in on the committee's discussion on the nomination of Sally Jewell to be secretary of the Interior, Thursday, March 21, 2013, on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – When Sen. Rob Portman announced his shift in support of gay marriage, he cited his son's coming out as a factor. Now, Will Portman, a junior at Yale, is offering his own side of the story in the university's Daily News. His mother and father were immediately "rock-solid supportive" when, as a freshman, he told them he was gay. It took his father another two years to publicly support gay marriage. One reason for that: "my reluctance to make my personal life public."

The two agreed that Rob Portman would discuss his son's sexuality if he shifted on marriage equality. "It would be the only honest way to explain his change of heart. Besides, the fact that I was gay would probably become public anyway," Will writes. Had his father been picked as Mitt Romney's VP candidate, the family would have been "open about it" on the stump. Now, "I’m proud of my dad, not necessarily because of where he is now on marriage equality (although I’m pretty psyched about that), but ... because he’s shown that he’s willing to take a political risk in order to take a principled stand." Click for Portman's full column.

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Mar 25, 2013 9:23 PM CDT
I want my politicians to have every ones best interest at heart, no only the interests of groups of people they've met and affect their daily life.
Mar 25, 2013 8:30 PM CDT
The political double standard on display on this board would be more laughable if it wasn't for the sad fact that so many here are being genuine. Many of the folks that condemn Portman for his change on this issue are the same folks that fell over themselves congratulating the President for changing his position a few months before the election last year.
Mar 25, 2013 7:29 PM CDT
" ... because he’s shown that he’s willing to take a political risk in order to take a principled stand." Yeah, I guess, but wouldn't you be even prouder if his father took this stand, all along? If he didn't need a personal story to understand it was right, all along? If your father didn't realize, all along, it was simply the right thing to do?