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Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman says he backs gay marriage

GOP star backs gay marriage

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, a rising national star in the Republican Party, announced Friday that he has a gay son and could no longer justify his opposition to same-sex marriage. Portman's revelation makes him the only sitting Republican senator to publicly support giving gay men and lesbians the right to marry. It also makes him one of the most prominent members of his party so far to speak out on the issue.

2 men marry on reservation

With an exchange of rings and a kiss, two men became spouses Friday during a ceremony at a northern Michigan Indian reservation after the tribal chairman signed a measure approving same-sex marriage in a state where it's banned. Tim LaCroix, 53, a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, wed longtime partner Gene Barfield, 60. They live in Boyne City. At least two other U.S. Indian tribes recognize gay marriage: the Coquille Tribe in North Bend, Ore., and the Suquamish Tribe in Suquamish, Wash.

Hacking contest open to students

Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies, the National Security Agency, want to interest middle and high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with "Toaster Wars" is to cultivate the nation's next generation of cyberwarriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online hacking competition is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6, and any U.S. student or team in grades six through 12 can apply and participate. Go to

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Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman says he backs gay marriage 03/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:11am]
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