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Sen. Portman speaks on gay marriage in Butler Co.

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BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was back in the Tri-Sate on Saturday for the first time since announcing his support of gay marriage.

Portman says he began changing his views on the issue in 2011 when his son told him he was gay.

Portman was the featured speaker at the Butler County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday.

"Some people agree with me and some people disagree with me. The group is split here tonight," Sen. Portman told FOX19. "I will tell you everybody was respectful."

Portman says that changing his stance on marriage equality has been a personal and a family experience. He appreciates the support he and his family have received on the issue.

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