Wave of Republicans turns to support gay marriage

By Erika Mahoney

Wave of Republicans turns to support gay marriage

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In the most recent and prominent change of heart on gay marriage, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced he now supports same-sex marriage.

He came to that revelation -- a complete reversal on his political and personal past -- after learning his son is gay. Portman found out about his son's sexuality in 2011, and announced his change of stance on the issue of same sex marriage following two years of personal reflection.

He is the latest Republican to voice his support after a recent move in that direction.

More than 80 prominent conservative voices have signed a legal brief in support of the idea that same-sex couples should be allowed to wed.

One of those supporters is U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-22nd).

"I think it's an issue that its time has come," Hanna said Friday during a Broome County GOP fundraiser. "I have always been in favor of civil marriages, civil unions rather ... I know people have beliefs based on religion, and I understand that and I respect that. What is more conservative than two people declaring their love for each other and wanting to make a lifetime commitment. That's about as conservative as it gets."

Hanna says he looks forward to being a thoughtful part of the conversation and hopes people move past some of the arguments against it.

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