GOP Sen. Backs Gay Marriage after Son Comes Out

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As conservatives gather for CPAC this week, one Republican senator is making headlines for dropping a key conservative belief he once held.

Sen. Rob Portman announced he now supports same-sex marriage. Portman said he's changed his mind on the issue because he found out his son is a homosexual.

"It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have -- to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman told reporters.

Is Sen. Portman's flip on gay marriage a sign the Republican party is becoming more tolerant? Bishop Harry Jackson, who knows the Portman family, shares his insights, on CBN Newswatch, March 15.

Portman said his new position was consistent with the Bible, which he says teaches compassion.

"The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible, and certainly the Golden Rule, and the fact that I believe we are all created by our maker, that has all influenced me in terms of my change on this issue," Portman said.

"In a way, this strengthens the institution of marriage," he added.

Portman was one of the co-sponsors of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.

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