In 1996, Senator Rob Portman a Republican from Ohio was a co-sponsor for the DOMA -Defense of Marriage Act. However, he has now changed his opinion and on Thursday night announced, he supported same-sex marriages.
Portman explained in a column in an Ohio newspaper that he believes if two individuals, regardless of sex, were prepared to give each other a commitment for a lifetime that includes love and caring for one another in both good and bad times, then the government should not be able to deny them their right to be married.
Portman said he changed his opinion on same-sex marriage in 2011. At that time, his Will, his son was a Yale University freshman. Will met with his parents and announced to them that he was gay.
Portman said his son spoke to him and his wife Jane telling them he was homosexual. He told his parents it had not been a choice, just who he is. Will told them he had known for quite some time that he was gay.
Arguments that challenge DOMA are scheduled to be heard next week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Act defines marriage to be between one man and one woman and does not recognize at a federal level same-sex marriages.
Portman said that the desire of a gay couple to be married, is not a threat to the institution of marriage, but instead is a tribute to the same.