Matt Salmon's Gay Son Totally Fine With Congressman's Anti-Gay Beliefs

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It's difficult to listen to Republican Congressman Matt Salmon's gay son explain his relationship with his father.

See, he says their relationship is better than ever, but Congressman Salmon doesn't think his son should be allowed to marry a man -- and his son claims to be fine with that. Even if he did marry a man, it would be just fine if his congressman dad just didn't show up -- he doesn't want that "burden" on his parents.

See also:
-Salmon Believes Son Didn't Choose to be Gay but Deserves Discrimination Regardless
-Salmon's Son Wants to Make a Name For Himself in Republican Politics -- Only He's Gay

The Salmons have been in the news recently due to Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman's changing his stance on gay marriage because of his gay son but Congressman Salmon's maintaining his opposition it.

"My son is by far one of the most important people in my life," Salmon recently told KTVK-TV. "I love him more than I can say . . . 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."

Any relationship his son has is just second rate, apparently.

But his son, Matt R. Salmon, says it's not that big a deal.

Appearing on 12 News Sunday, the younger Salmon said he just doesn't understand how people "jump to the conclusion that he's anti-gay, he's a bigot," just because he doesn't support same-sex marriage.

He said his relationship with his father is as good as ever, and claimed that MSNBC and CNN recently canceled interviews with him because he wouldn't trash-talk his dad.

Salmon defended his father, saying that Senator Portman's son had been out for a longer period of time -- he added that he "can't expect anybody to do it overnight."

The last question from 12 News' Brahm Resnik was whether Salmon expected his parents to attend his (hypothetical) wedding.

"I hope that they do," Salmon said. "I'm not going to lay that burden on them, but I hope that they do.

He added, "I'm not going to make it a big deal."

You're getting married to the one person in the world that you love? Gee, what a burden for your parents.

Watch the video below, and you decide whether it's pathetic, or just sad:



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26 comments
kurt117
kurt117

he is a strong kid to have come as far as he has with such truly intolerant bigoted parents. he doesn't realize what damage they have done. his mother made him proof read an anti-gay speech she was going to make when he was going through reparative therapy. this kid has been through a lot. hopefully with time he we will get even stronger and realize that his 'loving parents' need alot of work to truly fall into that category....


Shasta Butch
Shasta Butch

Its always nice to see the Phoenix New Times focusing on BS like "gay marriage" as the economy is imploding and world war III is about to break out in Asia and the middle east. Good job guys.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

How tolerant are those who oppose my beliefs that marriage should, in fact, remain between one woman and one man?

J.Williams
J.Williams

Good lord. These comments are ridiculous. Either someone has to be a bigot or an extreme liberal. I'm willing to bet Jr. is just an understanding person who realizes it's not a simple thing for his father, and other individuals who are engrained with certain beliefs, to turn them off overnight. Clearly, His father loves him and he loves his father. I would much rather see clear headed members of the gay community, like Jr., than those who assume everyone who is unsure of gay marriage is a disgusting, hard hearted, hate monger.

marcy
marcy

Wanting to maintain a good relationship with your father is neither pathetic or sad.

Dennis Russell
Dennis Russell

My heart goes out to the son, who has been put in an untenable position by his father, either out of ignorance or to promote some ideology that has contains no legitimate role for gay people, either way, shame on Matt Salmon.

David Stevenson
David Stevenson

I hope there is a special place in hell for douchebags like Matt Salmon. He is pitiful. I feel bad for his poor kid.

tcretin
tcretin

Against equal marriage and isn't a religious bigot? Sorry, but there's just no way to square that circle. Mind your own fucking business Salmon Sr.

Kyle Vigraham
Kyle Vigraham

I think you're making this kid's life more difficult than it already is.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

It sounds to me like the son, Matt has a good head on his shoulders. Even though im sure he would prefer his father felt differntly he seems to be aware that his father is INTITLED to his own opinion and doesnt read to much into it. Lets not forget, LOVE is supposed to be the main factor in a relationship..not a piece of paper. Besides his son is ALSO aware that his fathers decisions, actions and expressed thoughts have a far more volitile affect than the rest of ours do. It may be a situation where he understands his dad must avoid some battles to win a war. Not everything is worth a fight that can cause more dammage than good. Its obvious his son is comfortable with his fathers love for him..and thats all that really matters.

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Like I really give a shit? ....isn't there any other stories you fools at the New Times could be reporting on? Like maybe our second amendment rights, and the "Illegal Alien" problem here in AZ., Voter Fraud, GMO's etc. ....oh wait, 95% of your staff are Liberals, and support Obama, my mistake. FAIL!

j.peterson31
j.peterson31

wow, hes a lousy excuse for a fag.  i guess we know where his ball are.   little queer is sorry, just LIKE HIS FATHER.

randy
randy

how dare this young man speak and not voice the position of the lgbt thought police?  let us ruin him like we did michelle schocked and sean penn's son (oh wait, we ignored sean penn's son because, well, he's part of hollywood's cultural liberal elite).  sometimes i wish i could defect from my gay tribe because i abhore the new mcarthyism going on these days.  stories like this make me sick. 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

It seems to me they should be allowed to agree to disagree. If they can handle it within their family, what would it matter to anyone else? 

Have we reached the point now in our culture that we can no longer say that we don't agree with something that seems incredibly popular to agree with? 

Does senior Mr. Salmon have to agree with the alternative life style of his son, simply because he is his son?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I saw this guy on ch 12 Sunday morning program, and all I could see is an abused child, that thought his daddy could do no wrong.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

2000 years of social policy?  When does Mr. Salmon think the U.S. Government was formed? When Jesus died?  Hell, back then normal people didn't GET married - that was for the royals and their buddies.  Regular folk just shacked up, or jumped the broom, or whatever - but "Married" in a Church - NO.

With few local exceptions, until 1545, Christian marriages in Europe were by mutual consent, declaration of intention to marry and upon the subsequent physical union of the parties. The couple would promise verbally to each other that they would be married to each other; the presence of a priest or witnesses was not required.

Salmon don't know shite!  I wish these ignorant legislators would, just once, read a little history on the important subjects and stop pulling crap out of their asses!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

We know that if young Matt marries his flame Jeff Flake, it won't be in the Temple. Not even if they tried renting the Sealing Room for $25,000 for just a couple hours. Besides his dad not being on board with same-sex marriage, I've read that his mom is completely weirded out by the very idea of two guys getting hitched, so it looks like they'd need to sneak off to Vegas.

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

"Salmon defended his father, saying that Senator Portman's son had been out for a longer period of time -- he added that he "can't expect anybody to do it overnight.""

Well, THIS part is true enough, although I can't relate to anyone being against it in the first place.  I wasn't raised to see people as anything other than just other people, some different from myself in some ways but essentially the same as me.


sarum
sarum

@J.Williams Rough, being in the public eye.  He is very young and busy with school.  His beliefs will evolve but unfortunately this article will be archived for who knows how long and he will be crucified socially because of it.  Let him be and give him room to grow.  We are not all fully grown intellectually or emotionally once we reach 21 years of age.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

He did admit that "daddy" put him into a "pray yourself straight" program.  I wonder if it was run by Marcus Bachmanm!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@ExpertShot I wonder of the "one man/one woman" folks ever read the entire old testament.  Lots of marraiges there that aren't legal by their definition!  Who did Abel mate with to create the next generation?  It must have been his mom!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@ExpertShot As far as getting married was concerned, it was no big deal. S/he would go looking for Friar Tuck and that would be that. No marriage license, not "dearly beloved," no "by the power invested in me by the State of Arizona," no, uh-uh. Not only that, but there is clear evidence that the *gasp!* Catholic Church actually married men in the early Middle Ages. Take that, senor Pope!

sarum
sarum

@ExpertShot AMEN!  Such a statement demonstrates huge ignorance.  Expecting us to buy his BS demonstrates supreme faith in our ignorance.  NO.  What 2 people do IN PRIVATE with their PRIVATE PARTS is none of my business or anybody else's business.  If 2 people want to MARRY I say good.  Religion always creates a hate target within direct reach of their congregants.  Homosexuality in Catholicism has been known since that church's founding so in truth we have 2,000 years of institutionalized homosexuality Mr. Salmon.  As a grown adult I have the mind to reject the hatred and hate targets presented by Christian sects.  

I read that most of us didn't even have last names til a couple hundred years ago - only royalty needed all those names to show off their pedigreed blood line.  It was when governments wanted to keep track of their chattel/slaves/serfs/peasants that they forced us to acquire last names and marriage licenses etc.  This was the beginning of the new financial markets enslaving all under the illusion of freedom.

J.Williams
J.Williams

@sarum @J.Williams maybe I wasn't clear. I was praising him for coming across level headed and understanding of his fathers' struggle with his beliefs... unlike many of the comments who shunned him for not being liberal enough or his father for being a right winged bigot. There is a middle road and I think he did the right thing by taking it.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@WhoKnows   He is going to "agree" with daddy who holds the purse strings regardless.  I'm thinking that is what it boils down to.

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