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

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. Sniffit

    Funny how that works, eh? Congrats to Portman for evolving. Now, take a minute to recognize that the rest of the gay people out there are also someone's son or daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, nice, nephew......

    March 15, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. becky

    Perhaps others will be shifting their views after reading Sen. Portman's words. I hope that others will support the Senator and his family.

    March 15, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |

    His views 'changed" ONLY after his son came out of the closet. HOW CONVENIENT

    March 15, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Especially proud of my dad today,"
    Many of us are too. Today.

    March 15, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Spinal

    One republican, making the trek up the evolution scale. Soon they'll be touting that they, and they alone are responsible for the rights enjoyed by the people. The same people they've tried to oppress for years, because they just didn't seems to fit into Gods master plan. They've thumped the bible til the covers shredded, and spewed hate and division to the people, sometimes in the same day as the bible took the beating. Republicans. Snakes by any other name, still slither among us.

    March 15, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. LeftyCoaster

    Excatly Sniffit. Glad to see that he opened his eyes, sad to see that his lack of empathy required a personal experience to cause the change in views. But we all are learning and growing individuals. It is good to see him take a public stance.

    March 15, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. rs

    I truly believe if the GOP actually SAW how people are impacted by their policies, they might relent on many of their narrow, and discriminatory positions, whether they involve same-sex marriage; people waiting 8 hours to vote; the grinding poverty of the low minimum wage; the excesses of corporations denying benefits or full-time status to workers while raking in record profits; the cost to a family for having to deal with a medical crisis, or being dropped from health insurance or Medicaid, and on and on.
    The thing is they see the PROBLEM, not the PEOPLE.

    March 15, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Thomas

    It's sad , only because of personal experience dose one change .

    March 15, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Not the first time, a republican was convinced they are wrong, on the issue of gayness, by their own kids.

    March 15, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    That should've been: "Many of us are ALSO".

    March 15, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Especially proud of my dad today,"
    Many of us are too. Today.

    Good morning to you! And yes I agree. Today Rob Portman did the right thing.
    (or was it yesterday ... ? Oh, well. Guess the timing really ought not to matter.)

    March 15, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Cali

    Funny how he changes his mind becuase of personaly interest. I thought his position is to served the public? SMH... Gay Marriage should be legal long ago before his personal interest.

    March 15, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. denouemen

    You should be proud of him, WIll. And your father's constituents should be proud too. Not that many politicians have the guts to tell the truth and admit that they were wrong. I'd vote for him! In the political "game," the cutthroat, win-at-all-cost world, they'll call it flip-flopping because being honest is not what most politicians do very well, so they have to make it a negative when someone comes to a realization that they were wrong.

    March 15, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. 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.

    March 15, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Sactown

    So it took his son to come out of the closet for him to change his mind? SMH... at these Hypocrits.

    March 15, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Danno

    Worthless both of them

    March 15, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. nothing new here

    The government just needs to stay out of everyone's bedroom – period.
    What legal, consenting adults do in privacy is nobody's business except the 2 involved.
    I would just politely, I mean politely, suggest that people practice safe sex.
    I would politely suggest to our government officials – if you cannot do better in your own personal lives, then don't try to legislate everyone else's. Do you job, or resign.

    March 15, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. sonnie3

    He has not read and understood the Bible and where our Lord and Savior stands on the Gays getting married or even Gays living together in sin and not being marrieed. Marriage was Gods will to be one man and one woman and then comes mans law that sayis it is ok. Katie bar the door on judgement day.

    March 15, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. California Gary

    Better late than never.......but he showed little concern for everyone else's gay children until one of his own faced the same circumstances. That's not cause for a lot of respect in my mind.

    March 15, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. George Hilbert

    "His views 'changed" ONLY after his son came out of the closet. HOW CONVENIENT"

    Not to be too critical of Sen. Portman, but he should think awfully long and hard about allowing a personal "detour" unduly influence his political decisions which are going to have an effect on millions of citizens of the United States. Especially when changing his long-held stance on something affecting the fiber of American society because of a development within his own family that may include what reasonably could be viewed as a failure on his part. A failure that gets at least partially ameliorated by "changing his opinion" on this matter, and perhaps even given the illusion of a victory of sorts over that same matter.

    In other words, Sen. Portman sucks, to use a term of derision which has its root in a commentary on obscene gay practices.

    March 15, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. nothing new here

    He has not read and understood the Bible and where our Lord and Savior stands on the Gays getting married or even Gays living together in sin and not being marrieed. Marriage was Gods will to be one man and one woman and then comes mans law that sayis it is ok. Katie bar the door on judgement day.
    The Bible also allows divorce under certain circumstances, and there are also many references to polygamy, child marriage, incest and so on. Very entertaining, makes day-time soap operas look tame.
    I think our government would do well and wise to leave the preaching to the preachers on Sunday morning.

    March 15, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. rich

    why is it that Republicans only start caring when it impacts a member of their family? What selfish people.

    March 15, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. AC

    This why I hate republicans. The complete inability to see a particular point of view unless it happens to them or their family. I'm guessing he also won't vote for any gun laws unless someone goes on a shooting spree at Yale and shoots his son. Republicans are insane. This makes me hate them more. Democrats are taking over in 2014! Rich, white, religious, greedy, conservative, prejudice, old men are done controlling this country. Equality, scientific beliefs, open-mindedness and willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the country will be the norm. Using money to help others not buy luxury cars, gigantic houses, elections, or to invade other countries. Republicans are no longer tolerated. And I love it.

    March 15, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. frespech

    Reactions are mixed thread has 26 comments and comments are off- surely there is room and time for more than 26 comments.But hey, lets keep open the one where the gay son is especially proud of his father now openly accepting of his perverted lifestyle.To the guy on that post who said everybody has a gay friend blah, blah blah. They are 4% of the population and he believes everyone has a gay friend, well I am here to inform him not everyone and probably statistically not most

    March 15, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. logicnothuff

    Didn't know that Portmann was a trojan horse conservative. Bible says homosexuality is abomination to God, and in Book of Jude it says that a nation that pursues it will be destroyed like Sodom. Portmann needs to read his Bible. One man putting his organ into the rump of another man is in no way the same as a husband and wife coming together in physical union.

    March 15, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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