Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, said Thursday March 14, 2013 that he now supports gay marriage because one of his sons is gay. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013, 6:25 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013, 7:07 PM EDT
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, 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.