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In this Feb. 15, 2011 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Portman says he now supports gay marriage. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is now supporting gay marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay.

Ohio's junior senator disclosed his change of heart in interviews with several Ohio newspapers and CNN. In an op-ed published Friday in The Columbus Dispatch he said the decision came after a lot of thought.

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