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Mixed GOP reaction to Portman's gay marriage shift

The initial reaction to Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman's shift to supporting gay marriage was mixed on Friday, with leading Republican gay rights groups praising his decision and some social conservatives rejecting the senator's claim that same-sex marriage is a generational issue.

"I'm not too sure the rationale behind what Senator Portman's doing is something that has broad application to the base," former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told CNN. "The fundamental principles that attach to the institution of marriage really haven't changed as a result of that personal story."

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