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Gay Son of Congressman Matt Salmon Talks About His Father, Who Opposes Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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Matt R. Salmon, the son of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), talks about his father and his father's public opposition of marriage equality, with KPNX.

Said Salmon: "It's hard for me to understand that people will jump to the conclusion that he's anti-gay, he's a bigot. When really, yeah he doesn't support gay marriage, but that doesn't make him a bigot at all."

Salmon also reveals that he was in 'reparative therapy' and the hardest moment he had in his relationship with his father was when he decided to stop doing it:

"It was probably while I was in college, at ASU, and I had just decided that I was no longer going to do reparative therapy, and it was hard for him. We still had a loving relationship but it was difficult for him to accept."

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  1. there, we found our answer : reparative therapy. His son is broke and in need of repair.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 8, 2013 7:04:05 PM


  2. psychologist should develop reparative therapy for homophobes though ; those poor broke men and women.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 8, 2013 7:05:23 PM


  3. Sons and daughters may not be the most objective judges of parental bigotry. I don't fault this young man for standing up for his parent. I still believe the parent is a bigot. Reparative therapy? Really?

    Posted by: candideinnc | Apr 8, 2013 7:08:44 PM


  4. He opposes gay marriage and sends his gay son off for reparative therapy. Yep sure doesn't sound like a bigot to me!

    Posted by: Remote Patrolled | Apr 8, 2013 7:09:38 PM


  5. just one word for you: MORMON

    Posted by: David | Apr 8, 2013 7:10:26 PM


  6. Bigot, one who is bigoted

    Bigoted:

    Adjective
    Obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of one's own opinions and prejudiced against those who hold different opinions.
    Expressing or characterized by prejudice and intolerance.

    Yep, he's a bigot.

    Posted by: dms | Apr 8, 2013 7:14:20 PM


  7. This is an interview well worth watching. I remember when most gay activists decided that Gays in the military did not need or deserve our support. That was dumb. The same applies to not keeping a big tent open for people like Matt. The LDS Church will only change because of people like him keeping the dialogue open with people like his parents.

    Posted by: John | Apr 8, 2013 7:14:40 PM


  8. Hi son is pathetic. Have some pride for christ sake you simpering puss.

    Posted by: Marc C | Apr 8, 2013 7:14:43 PM


  9. So his father was sad when he stopped doing therapy, but he isn't a bigot....right....

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 8, 2013 7:20:39 PM


  10. It's sad this kid actually believes this is what love is. As a parent it is your job to love your child unconditionally. You can't be doing that if you are legislating agaInst your child's civil rights.

    Posted by: FAEN | Apr 8, 2013 7:22:06 PM


  11. He'll regret this someday.

    Posted by: Markt | Apr 8, 2013 7:22:08 PM


  12. Yeah, and people who oppose interracial marriages aren't bigots either.

    I will never understand this argument.

    Posted by: Jase | Apr 8, 2013 7:23:54 PM


  13. If this is what he's like when he's "accepted" himself, I'd hate to see what a self-hating mess he was before. That is one sick, sick family from a sick, deluded subculture.

    Posted by: AdamK | Apr 8, 2013 7:29:58 PM


  14. He has the gay-child equivalent of battered wife syndrome.

    Posted by: Hedda | Apr 8, 2013 7:34:52 PM


  15. I love my mom but when she says something bigoted, I call her a bigot. Just because you love someone doesn't mean you have to pussyfoot around them.

    Posted by: Bruno | Apr 8, 2013 7:44:14 PM


  16. "When really, yeah he doesn't support gay marriage, but that doesn't make him a bigot at all."

    Honey, I know he's your dad and all, but yeah, that does make him a bigot.

    Period. Case closed.

    Posted by: Roscoe | Apr 8, 2013 7:44:47 PM


  17. It's like Stockholm Syndrome.

    Sadly, this kid doesn't realize what his life would be like if his parents were supportive.

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 8, 2013 7:45:20 PM


  18. Kid, your father doesn't love you. He loves the version of you he made up in his mind and can't let go of. Just awful. And OF COURSE they're mormons.

    Posted by: will b | Apr 8, 2013 7:45:26 PM


  19. No one loves unconditionally. No one. But to have such a big caveat in your relationship with the most important people in your life is just plain sad.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Apr 8, 2013 7:46:10 PM


  20. Dad votes to prevent his own son from adopting children yet son insists that dad isn't anti-gay? Hello? OK, I understand that son loves dad. But love doesn't mean that you have to lie and deceive yourself. Dad's a lousy bigot and son needs to be truthful about it. BTW, son, your dad damages a lot of gay lives other than just yours. Your dad's bigotry hurts the rest of us whether or not you choose to recognize it. It's not just about you, pal. This isn't just a family matter--not with your bigot father sitting in Congress.

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 8, 2013 7:49:41 PM


  21. Money and power obviously rank highest in this family. Of course he cannot understand what self-esteem and dignity worth in his father world of politics. All I can say is, he's got a long way to go on his journey and good luck with that because he really needs it. No amount of money and power will get him where he need to be. This is one poor broken man.

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Apr 8, 2013 7:49:53 PM


  22. Let me guess......Go Proud or LCR???

    Posted by: Hdtex | Apr 8, 2013 7:51:16 PM


  23. Actually, it DOES make him a bigot. This kid has Stockholm Syndrome.

    Posted by: Ray Ivey | Apr 8, 2013 7:58:49 PM


  24. Reparative therapy? Honey, your dad needs help as much as you still do. You both have a long journey to travel, but right now your dad is a homophobe. Maybe,one day in the future he will understand that he was wrong in trying to deny you and other gay Americans the same rights as other citizens.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | Apr 8, 2013 8:05:30 PM


  25. "We still had a loving relationship but it was difficult for him to accept." No. You didn't.

    Posted by: WildGift | Apr 8, 2013 8:06:54 PM


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