Sen. Portman of Ohio to speak in heavily GOP area

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will face fellow Republicans in a conservative county about a week after announcing he supports gay marriage.

Portman will be the featured speaker Saturday at the Butler County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner. The Republican-dominated county north of Cincinnati is home to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), who repeated his opposition to same-sex marriage after Portman's reversal on the issue.

Portman told reporters last week that he began changing his views in 2011 when his college-age son Will told his parents he was gay.

Ohio Republican Party chairman Bob Bennett has said there was a flurry of calls at first upset about Portman's change, but they soon died down.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) also will speak Saturday.

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