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Rob Portman is 1st GOP senator to back gay marriage

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator’s endorsement of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics — and views on emotional issues — are changing fast.

Gay marriage still divides the party, with the conservative wing strongly opposed. But an increasing number of Republicans, now including Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, are reversing course. Many others simply downplay the subject.

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