Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry Applaud GOP Sen. Portman’s Support of Marriage



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."


Tyler Deaton, campaign manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:


"Senator Portman is the living, breathing future of the Republican Party right in front of our eyes. He's an authentic and consistent conservative who is showing the way to a more fiscally responsible and at the same time more socially tolerant GOP. His change of heart reflects the same thinking and feeling that many Republicans are showing as they get to know gay people and understand why marriage matters to them. We hope more of Senator Portman's Republican colleagues in Congress will join him in supporting the freedom to marry, as several have already done."




Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.