HRC Statement in Response to Sen. Portman’s Marriage Equality Support

by Charles Joughin

WASHINGTON – In response to Senator Rob Portman’s (R-OH) announcement he supports marriage equality, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement:

“Like countless dads across the country, Senator Portman has made the basic and courageous choice to put parenting before politics. When it comes to marriage equality, all Americans are on the same journey toward recognizing our common humanity. But while 8 in 10 Americans know a gay or lesbian person, it still takes unique courage to speak out publicly for equality. We are very grateful to Senator Portman for his virtuous stand in support of this civil rights cause.”

Sen. Portman announced yesterday his views had changed on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples after his son had come out as gay.  

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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