Representative Matt Salmon from Arizona does not believe that his son chose to be gay, but still believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Salmon told Pheonix station KTVK that “I don’t support gay marriage. My son and I have had a lot of dialogue about it. I will say this: you know, my son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say.”
Unfortunately, it does not seem to be that way given that he seems to feel that his son should remain a second-class citizen. When the host asked why his son should be denied the right to marry if he did not choose to be gay, Salmon replied that “My view is while I don’t believe we should be vitriolic and try to enact harmful policies, by the same token, 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. It just means that I haven’t evolved to that station. Rob Portman apparently has. I haven’t.”
Perhaps Salmon should sit down with Portman and have a talk about it. Salmon is, though, a Mormon, and that may be guiding him on this subject; however, another Arizona Mormon, Senator Jeff Flake, believes that it is inevitable that a Republican presidential candidate will back same-sex marriage. Ironically, last it was known, Matt Salmon’s son Matt was involved in a relationship with Kent Flake, a second cousin of Jeff Flake. But that was back in 2010.
Unfortunately, not everyone is persuaded by having a lesbian or gay relative. Which is kind of sad for the younger Matt Salmon. And, unfortunately, until the Republican Party changes its internal makeup, it is doubtful that Flake’s prediction will come true.