March 15th, 2013
06:30 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

Washington (CNN) - You probably recognize Sen. Rob Portman from his tireless campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2012. He was even on the short list to be Romney's running mate.

He's been a leading Republican voice on economic issues for four decades.

Now, the prominent Ohio conservative will be known for something else: reversing his hardline position against gay marriage.


Filed under: Rob Portman • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. scottminer

    Screw this noise. The guy is a politician voting on all kinds of issues that involve all of us and he doesn't have the capability to step in other people's shoes or draw a hypothetical in his mind like "How would I feel about this issue if my son or daughter were gay or lesbian?" Is this suppose to make me happy? You betcha people will be all "warmed" by this story.

    March 15, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. Rick Patel

    Portman is worthless. A man should keep shameful family secrets in the family, not blab to the media.

    March 15, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  3. Jsmith

    I think you mean "Republican", not "conservative". Portman is hardly the latter.

    March 15, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  4. anonoymous

    Why do these staunch republicans change their minds about an issue only when it effects them? too bad none of them are poor and in need of affordable health care....

    March 15, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    I love the smell of flip flops burning in the morning......

    March 15, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. steve

    Opps doesnt he know you cant believe that and be a member in good atanding of the Republican party 😉

    March 15, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. plain&simple

    Hell has frozen over ...a republican has made a tuff decision!!! To top it off it was the right one!!! Wow he better be ready for the haters!

    March 15, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Cathy

    GOPers "get it" ONLY WHEN it happens to one of their own.

    March 15, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. muchthunder..little rain

    you can love your children ..but rights right andwrongs wrong

    March 15, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Portman is just another gop goof but he would have gotten more votes than lyin Ryan the hotdog salesman and Eddie munster look a like !!!!

    March 15, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |