Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who in 2012 became the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, says she spent a full day in meetings and conversation with GOP Senator Rob. Portman, who announced the following day that he now supports marriage equality. But Portman never let on to Baldwin that he was about to make a big, pro-gay announcement. And Baldwin now plans to reach out to Portman, who’d said his decision came about after his son came out to him as gay two years ago.
Baldwin also again called on President Obama to sign an executive order that would ban federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, noting that “it is the logical next step,” and also spoke out on the significance of her election in 2012, the Affordable Care Act and gun safely legislation.
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