(Associated Press) The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party says the state GOP will continue to stand behind U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who has announced his support of gay marriage.

Chairman Bob Bennett acknowledged Friday that there would be Republicans who will disagree with Portman’s decision. But Bennett said he respects the senator’s right to make up his own mind.

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

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