Will Portman 'especially proud' of father
March 15th, 2013
10:36 AM ET
10 years ago

Will Portman 'especially proud' of father

(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman's son Will tweeted congratulations to his father for his op-ed piece in Friday's Columbus Dispatch in which he explains his reversal on same-sex marriage.

"Especially proud of my dad today," the Yale junior tweeted in response to the Republican senator telling of his change of heart after Will announced that he was gay.

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Portman explained his decision in the op-ed, in a handful of interviews with Ohio news outlets and in an exclusive interview with CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

In the op-ed piece, Portman writes, "As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way."

In the interview with CNN, Portman tells Bash, "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. That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay."

Will Portman, 21, lists international development, prisons, Latin America, and whitewater kayaking among his interests on his Twitter page.

As news of his father's decision dominated headlines Friday morning, the number of Will Portman's followers on Twitter jumped from a few hundred to more than a thousand within a couple of hours. The tweet itself was retweeted more than 850 times as of 10:30 a.m. ET.

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  1. Core republican Values

    I hope republicans rip Mr. Portman to shreds, like hungry piranhas feeding on a dead corpse. There is no room for empathy in today's core republican values.

    March 15, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. logicnothuff

    Portman is fake conservative, a wolf in sheeps clothing. His bratboy needs a spanking, a good one.

    March 15, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    Great. Now maybe some of the wealthy GOP children should be forced to live off minimum wage, then maybe they would understand if you want people to be financially independent, they need to at least make enough money for the essentials.
    It does appear that unless it (whatever "IT" may be) is happenning to one of them or one of their own children the Rethugs capacaity for empathy is nil.
    This does not bode well for Latinos, Blacks, military or anybody else that generally speaking does not fit the mold of those Republicans that keep getting elected into office or their families.
    Sad statement, but apparently true. We are "You people".

    March 15, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. dswann

    It is time we did away with mariage and let people just live together. If you want to get married then go to your church.
    If they allow it than do it. Its one less thing our govrment out of. If you want to change your last name than change. We can save so much court time. I am sure that lawyers are havibg a heart attact at the thought of that. Marrages should be in the churches, what does the goverment care who lives with who.

    March 15, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. cedaly1968

    I particularly like his reference to the "joy and stability of marriage" which is a much bigger statement than he believes homosexual couples should be allowed to marry, he believes their marriages can be STABLE. That is a shot at one of the core beliefs of conservatives is that homosexual marriages are unstable (as if heterosexual ones are at 50% divorce rate). Interesting perspective from Portman, and yeah, that is THE reason why he did not make the GOP ticket this past fall.

    March 15, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Scott

    Its sick!!!!!!!! Man sleeping with man............. And its supposed to be acceptable. This world is a mess.

    March 15, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. callmecrazy

    I agree that it's better late than never, but it should not take personal experience for him to come to this conclusion. If a politician can't put himself in the place of his constituents, then he cannot represent them properly. People will think he is wrong on other things. He will probably not get re-elected.

    March 15, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. D Johnson

    Please...this guy didn't give the LGBT community a second thought until it affected him personally. No credit deserved.

    March 15, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    As a gay former Ohioan, I frankly am not impressed with Portman whatsoever. There are countless, exceptionally visible, examples across the country – not to mention Ohio – of same-sex families having to cobble together legal and financial structures that will allow them to have even remotely similar bonds as legally married people. I find it exceptionally CONVENIENT that Senator Portman would change his position on same-sex marriage simply because it benefits his own family.

    March 15, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    I agree that it's better late than never, but it should not take personal experience for him to come to this conclusion. If a politician can't put himself in the place of his constituents, then he cannot represent them properly.
    You sound sane to me!!

    March 15, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. RG Glaser

    Typical Portman–flips & flops and hides information–son came out some time ago yet Portman decided to hold it for timing–to use it for his political future. Go back to his earlier, vitriolic statements about same sex marriage and LGBT issues. Unbelievable and I have to listen to this nonsense covering the airwaves as well as the print media in the greater Cincinnati area...

    March 15, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Who Cares

    This is about a parents love for their child, nothing more nothing less.

    March 15, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Matthew

    Wow, some seriously outdated values and perspective being presented in the discussion section here. What year is it again?

    Being gay is neither sick, nor is it "something to tolerate". Accept that some people are not like you, and that they will be who they are. Show some intellect already, Republicans. This is what is costing you elections and popular votes in the 21st century.

    March 15, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Hiram57

    Y'know what our Lord and Savior said about gays and gay marriage ? He said ZIP... NADA... NOTHING !!!
    Read your Bible... read it YOURSELF (and don't let your Church Leaders bamboozle you into thinking that you are too dumb to understand it), and you'll find what I say is true.

    March 15, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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