Freedom to Marry Praises GOP Senator Portman’s Journey to Supporting Marriage


For Immediate Release

Press Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

Washington, DC -- Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced his support for the freedom to marry today, saying his journey began when his son came out as gay two years ago. In an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch, Portman, a Republican who supported the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, wrote, "I believe all of our sons and daughters ought to have the same opportunity to experience the joy and stability of marriage."

Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director, released the following statement:

"We greatly appreciate Senator Portman's sharing his journey on the freedom to marry with his constituents and with the American people. It's a beautifully human experience for a father to listen with an open heart to his son, to reflect on his own beliefs, and conclude that he wants for his son the same opportunity for happiness that comes with being able to marry that he and his wife have had. We hope that Senator Portman's journey is an example that other Americans will look to as they reflect on their own position on the freedom to marry."


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.