Today in the news: Ohio senator reverses gay marriage stance

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Quote of note

"I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry. I've come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I've had for over 26 years. That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay." - Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. CNN reports that he announced his reversal of views this morning from his Senate office. Portman has voted against same-sex marraige several times in the past, and also supported the Defense of Marriage Act and a bill banning same-sex couples from adopting in Washington.

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