Republican Sen. Portman changes position, supports gay marriage because son is gay

Senator says he wants all of his kids to be happy

WASHINGTON - Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has changed his position on gay marriage, saying he now supports it because his son is gay.

Portman told reporters Thursday in Washington that his views began changing in 2011 when his college-age son Will told his parents he was gay.

Portman says he reconsidered gay marriage from a different perspective, one of a father who wants all three of his children to have happy lives with people they love.

He says he discussed the issue with his pastor and others, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter is a lesbian.