Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has reversed his position on gay marriage after his son came out of the closet, the senator told CNN in an interview published online Friday. 

"I’m announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about," Portman said. "It has to do with gay couples’ opportunity to marry. And during my career in the House and also last couple years here in the Senate, you know, I’ve taken a position against gay marriage, rooted in part in my faith and my faith tradition. And had a very personal experience, which is my son came to Jane, my wife, and I, told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice and that, you know he, that’s just part of who he is, and he’d been that way ever since he could remember."

President Obama trekked to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lunch with Senate Democrats as they discuss how best to proceed on upcoming budget battles. In this White House photo taken by Pete Souza, Obama is seen waiting out a downpour on his way to the Hill on a very rainy day in Washington.