GOP Congressman With Gay Son Won't Support Marriage Equality

MattsalmonRepublican Arizona congressman Matt Salmon and GOP Ohio Senator Rob Portman both have one thing in common: an openly gay son. But they differ in their views on marriage equality. As you know, one time anti-same-sex marriage advocate Portman reversed his opinion after his son revealed he was gay. Salmon, however, has not.

In an interview with Arizona's 3TV, Salmon says this about his gay son and marriage equality: "I don't support the gay marriage...My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say.”

He adds, “I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family. I'm not there. ”

And how does he feels about Portman's recent change of heart? "I haven't evolved to that stage and Rob Portman apparently has."

Let's hope Salmon gets to that stage very soon.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. We should give him the Abraham Award: the father who was willing to slaughter his son in the name of the horrific ancient Israelite diety.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 31, 2013 11:32:26 AM

  2. Matt Salmon's son Matt Jr. Was the Chairman of the chapter of Log Cabin Republicans in Phoenix

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Mar 31, 2013 11:35:16 AM

  3. @simon: compulsory bible class as literature with the ability to criticize the book of myths called the bible freely.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 31, 2013 11:49:17 AM

  4. Well, the honorable thing to do would be to resign.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 31, 2013 11:56:10 AM

  5. Obviously prejudice prevails over love in this case. Sad, but true.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 31, 2013 12:28:17 PM

  6. The obvious question for dear old Dad is why he no longer supports the imprisonment of his son, which was quite clearly the preferred method of dealing with us during those 2000 (actually 1700) years of "Christian love". This assumes he actually supported decriminalization, of course.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 31, 2013 12:49:13 PM

  7. Another "family values" politician who puts family last.

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Mar 31, 2013 12:51:13 PM

  8. again. Unclear on the concept of love--like only straight people have invented it. As John Stewart says....go watch some cable TV reality shows and then think about how many straight people who are married are out there and not being televised like those on Reality TV. That's some standard of wonderfulness you need to rip yourself away from to "evolve" to gay marriage. You just don't "love" your son enough to break your shell of selfishness.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Mar 31, 2013 12:51:33 PM

  9. Slavery has been around 2000 plus years also.

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 31, 2013 1:05:17 PM

  10. I would rather be an orphan than to have a father like him.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 31, 2013 1:46:42 PM

  11. this is what made the whole Portman thing so infuriating - that we live in a culture where a father doing the Bare Parental Minimum is treated like a hero. For WHAT? Believing his own kid deserves equal treatment under law, but not enough to know...actively work toward it?


    I get that when it comes to the GOP we need to lower our expectations and standards, but this is just too embarrassing for words, in 2013.

    this reflects what so many of my friends with GOP-voting parents have been saying for the last number of years; the sadness that despite their parent's "love" - their parents still care more about appeasing a GOP identity than about...well.... human equality, or their own children.

    knowing that your parents would throw you under the bus to toe the line for the GOP.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 31, 2013 1:54:17 PM

  12. Boy, what a great dad, way to set an example.

    Posted by: Bubba | Mar 31, 2013 2:35:02 PM

  13. Some people are so set in their ways that they will never change. No matter what. Also, even if he does change, his constituents are more than likely social conservatives, so publcally changing his mind might cost him an election.

    Posted by: | Mar 31, 2013 2:39:45 PM

  14. While I criticize Portman's selfishness, this man doesn't even have the decency to at least be selfish in defence of his family. He is truly the worst kind of man, with a dead heart.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 31, 2013 2:58:07 PM

  15. It's easy to say you love your son. Talk is cheap. It's another thing to show him the love and respect you would any stranger on the street which you obviously can't find it in yourself to do. that's not love. I'm not sure what it is but you should call it something else.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Mar 31, 2013 3:17:41 PM

  16. @Hound - that's "tolerance"

    it's what gay conservatives talk about. not gay liberals. tolerance is like saying "nice doggy" because you've not been able to find a big enough rock....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 31, 2013 3:22:39 PM

  17. Hypocrisy!!! Given that Salmon is very much part of a historical community in Central Arizona that was founded on the redefinition of the family, i.e. his community and ancestral roots come from the Mormon polygamy experiment.

    The Mormon's were sevely persecuted for a century + for their stance on polygamy, now they turn the tables on others and persecute them. He should be so ashamed as should be the Mormon church. Hypocrisy!!!

    Posted by: Loren | Mar 31, 2013 4:34:34 PM

  18. He'd rather attend his own son's funeral than his marriage to the man he loves.

    what a pathetic excuse for a father.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 31, 2013 4:56:09 PM

  19. Hard to decide who the biggest scum-bag is, isn't it? Salmon, who has so little regard for his son that he's happy treating him as a second-class citizen, or Portman, who (after two years) can only support legislation that that impacts his family directly. Sad to say, both these guys are damned-if-they-do-and-damned-if-they-don't, but that doesn't change my feelings of contempt.

    Posted by: Keppler | Mar 31, 2013 5:59:33 PM

  20. Arizona congressman Salmon and Colorado Republican Don Coram should start a club "Fathers of gay sons against gay equality".

    Both say they love their sons, they just don't believe their sons should have the same rights as everybody else, or as Little Kiwi accurately put it 'they'd rather attend their own son's funeral than his marriage to the man he loves'.

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 31, 2013 7:44:48 PM

  21. Translation of Matt Salmon's statements: "I love power and money much more than my own son."

    What a sad excuse for a human being. Who is he to lecture anyone on "family"?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 31, 2013 8:14:39 PM

  22. What a surprise. He's Mormon. Ugliest religion ever.

    Posted by: Eric | Apr 1, 2013 2:12:14 PM

  23. Thanks Rodney Proctor, you saved me the trouble.

    The son is a very important part of his life, in a second class way.

    2000 years of marriage is a bad model to work from. Women didn't do so well under that system.

    Then again, these are the same apes (an insult to apes) who believe every literal word from the bible.


    Posted by: Ray | Apr 1, 2013 7:34:52 PM

  24. Teh reaal question is whether he will do what a lot of anti -christ xtians do, Per PFLAG 24% of them throw their own children out of the house the day they become 18

    Some parts of xtianity are just our form of Islam

    Posted by: billyw | Apr 1, 2013 9:25:40 PM

  25. Two thousand years ago, families bought child brides with goats, food, and money.

    The "institution" of marriage has changed already.

    Posted by: Topol | Apr 1, 2013 9:28:35 PM

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