Arizona Congressman Wants You To Know His Position On Same-Sex Marriage Hasn’t Changed Just Because He’s Got A Gay Son
Just a couple of weeks ago,Â Â Republican SenatorÂ Rob Portman was getting applauded (and critiqued) for hisÂ â€œevolving viewsâ€ on same-sex marriage after learning that his son was gay. This coming from a former DOMA supporter is kind of a big deal to put it mildly. But as if responding to that (semi) heartwarming story directly, conservative CongressmanÂ Matt Salmon of Arizona says that he has a gay son and he’s not moving two centimeters on the issue. So there.
The Washington Post reports thatÂ Matt Salmon, who voted for DOMA and even a ban on gay couples adopting in Washington D.C., Â told his local news outlet that he is retaining his anti-gay marriage views come gay son or high water. Nevertheless, the father maintains that he has nothing but respect for his son:
â€œMy son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say,â€ an emotional Salmon told 3TV. â€œIt doesnâ€™t mean that I donâ€™t have respect, it doesnâ€™t mean that I donâ€™t sympathize with some of the issues. It just means I havenâ€™t evolved to that stage.â€
“Evolve” is an very curious word choice here, as one might even think that Salmon was working towards getting “to that stage.” But then again, doubling down on TV with a gay son lead-in suggests otherwise.