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Portman on hot seat in GOP country

Associated Press • Mar 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

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, 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 also will speak Saturday.

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