Republican Politician: Unlike Rob Portman I’m still against gay marriage even though my son is gay.
Conservatives are embracing Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., who will not join Sen. Rob Portman, R-Wis., in backing gay marriage just because his son is gay. “I don’t support the gay marriage,” said Salmon, who is a social conservative.
“My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say,” he told 3TV. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t have respect, it doesn’t mean that I don’t sympathize with some of the issues. It just means I haven’t evolved to that stage.”
Salmon’s son, also named Matt, told the Washington Post that he accepts his father’s position. “I love my father and realize that he can have the opinions that he has, and they might differ from mine, but that doesn’t change the way I feel about him.”
From the Post:
The younger Salmon previously led the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-gay rights GOP group, but has left that post to concentrate on medical school. In a 2010interview with the Phoenix New Times, the 22-year-old revealed that he was dating Kent Flake, the second cousin of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). In the article, both young men discussed coming out to their conservative Mormon families. They have since broken up.
In a blog post last year, younger Matt Salmon wrote that he still supported his father’s candidacy for reelection, even though it might mean his father would propose legislation against gay marriage: “I fully support my father and truly think he is the best man for the job even though he may try to limit my rights through his legislation. I don’t have to agree with someone I love in order to accept them for who they are, love them and give them my support, nor do I require that they agree with me in order to show that they support me.”
The only thing I can think is that he wants an inheritance. Or like the previous poster said, Stockholm Syndrome. Newsflash: Your father thinks you're less than. Pathetic. Wonder which church these assholes go to.
[quote]Wonder which church these assholes go to.
Wonder not, grasshopper, the answer lies in the original post.
Father and son deserve each other.
Republicans are such 2 faced evil SOBs!
This bullshit reply, used by Uncle Tom gays, and hateful bigot christians who try to maintain an image of benevolence as they take away your rights:
"I don’t have to agree with someone I love in order to accept them for who they are, love them and give them my support, nor do I require that they agree with me in order to show that they support me"
BULLSHIT. We're not talking about a difference in political leanings or religion. We're talking about fuckers working to take away people's rights and make them second class citizens in Jesus name.
I'm tired of it.
It's a complicated issue. What's the son supposed to do...renounce his father, and by extension the rest of his family?
Yes, I don't see how you can say "I support and love my child" while simultaneously supporting the denial of his civil rights, of some CORE things that impact his future, his happiness, supporting keeping him a second class citizen. How anyone can rationalize that is messed up.
This isn't a disagreement about the benefits of broccoli, for chrissake.
Isn't it what most gay sons of such horrid people do, R12? It's what my family forced me to do. Only I don't think of it as my renouncing them. They were the ones doing the renouncing first.
His wife is such a Stepford wife, I've ever seen one.
[quote]Yes, I don't see how you can say "I support and love my child" while simultaneously supporting the denial of his civil rights,...
This is surprising? Men have happily held similar views about their daughters for years. Sufferage for women in the US is still fairly recent.
It's more effective (and easier on your blood pressure) to celebrate those fathers who've learned better than castigate those who haven't.
I hope they keep this up. They're going to drive Portman and like minded Republicans from the party.
I agree with r16, who also makes a very good point about women and their struggles for equality.
What good does it do to stamp your feet, turn and run away? The son didn't say he supported his father, he said they disagree and he still loves him.
[quotes] I hope they keep this up. They're going to drive Portman and like minded Republicans from the party.
But conservatives are rallying around Salmon saying this is the right way to deal with the issue of having a gay child and gay marriage.
Marie Osmond. Mormon. Supports Marriage Equality.
The gay son has some nips that are yearning to break free of his shirt. A liberal needs to latch on to them, and teach the boy at least one of the benefits of progressivism...
He is going to medical school, he needs his father to pay for it.
And with R22, we have a winner.
I love my dead gay son!
Ugh...why couldn't the gay son at least be attractive? I'd care more.
R25, he's not bad for a blond.
His nips are very perky and beg to be sucked on.
Flaked salmon can be used in many dishes.
They are Mormon, that should explain everything to everyone here.
Interesting all these Rethugs with gay children, it must be killing them,ha, ha, ha. I cannot wait until one of Prick Santorum's kids come out and listen to him spin on how that happened. Probably when they started watching reruns of Doogie Howser, LOL!
Father has no respect for his son and the son has no respect for himself.
I'm not sure who offends me more: Someone who opposes equality even if his own child is gay or someone who opposes equality unless his own child is gay.
Both selfish pricks as far as I'm concerned.
Just wrong on so many levels. I'm SO thankful for my family and their acceptance when I came out 33 (thirty-three) years ago at age 17.
Ooooh! Does anyone have a contact number? What are their speaking fees???
He says he hasn't 'evolved' to the point of accepting gay marriage? Weird, he seems to be admitting that only neanderthals oppose it.
"The younger Salmon previously led the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans"
[quote]I haven’t evolved to that stage.
=I still need votes from the yahoos in my district. After I retire, I'll support equality.
[quote]It just means I haven’t evolved to that stage.
Interesting phrasing (just as when Obama used it) - it implies that the speaker already knows that support of gay marriage is an evolved, i.e. superior position.
[quote]My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say
LIAR, and I would tell that to him to his face. Not only does he not believe his son should have equal rights, he has broadcasted it and humiliated him globally.
[quote]Ugh...why couldn't the gay son at least be attractive? I'd care more.
Are you blind, a freak, or just a stupid fuck?
[quote]=I still need votes from the yahoos in my district.
Yeah, I think this is what's going on. And it's not about the general election, it's about being primaried with tea party fundies showing up to vote. All Republicans are scared of that now. They created the monster and now it's out of the basement and they can't control it. Funny and sad at the same time.
Mormon turds. They'd probably kill themselves if Salt Lake City asked them too.
There's no way the son would openly criticize his father, particularly if Dad is footing the bill for medical school. Even if that wasn't the case, Salmon Jr. probably feels he has nothing to gain by breaking with his dad.
As far as Salmon Sr. goes, this is all about parental ego and control, and love within very well defined limits if Jr. doesn't turn out quite the way you wanted. For people like Salmon Sr., their religious beliefs get top priority. And their children are probably well trained to accept that.
r44, it's about politics and getting elected.
At least he admitted he's not "evolved". One step away from bigotry maybe?
According to Rachel, Salmon and his wife are leading members of the anti-gay fight in AZ. Salmon sponsored a bill prohibiting gay adoption. This is kid is very brave for coming out to his parents. What must it be like to be a gay kid raised by homophobes?
[quote] According to Rachel
Rachel who? Rachel Ray?
Matt Salmon [italic]fails[/italic] at being a parent.
Rachel Maddow, R48.
I wonder what would happen if Elton John offers to pay for Matt Jr. Medical School tuition.
The whole thing.
How fast would Matt Jr. turn against his father?
She covered this story last night and said that Salmon and his wife are very vocal anti-gay crusaders in AZ.
I love my son but I hate him.
I love my father and I hate myself.
One step at a time. First, he has to accept his son. Marriage is later. Bill, Hillary and Obama "evolved" into being pro-gay marriage, they were for civil unions. This guy needs time to come around.
How dare you compare Hillary and Obama to Salmon? Salmon and his wife are leaders of the anti-gay movement in AZ. How extreme can you when you don't even want foster kids to live with a gay person.
I think HRC and Obama have always been pro-marriage but like everything with politics, it's about timing.
The only time that a Republican "comes around" is when it personally affects them. Screw everyone else.
They say the farmed salmon are full of sea lice.
"it doesn’t mean that I don’t sympathize with some of the issues. It just means I haven’t evolved to that stage.”
Well, what's stopping him?
"Rob Portman, R-Wisconsin"
You got it wrong, Salon. Rob Portman represents Ohio.
Sen. Ron Johnson is from Wisconsin.
R54 = delusional Cabbie.
I thought religious conservatives didn't believe in evolution.
Which means Senior and Junior are admitting gay marriage will NEVER be accepted in the Family Salmonidae.
>>>>I’m still against gay marriage even though my son is gay.
I want people to stop saying things like this. Tell the truth. What he really means is that he's against equal rights for gay people. They aren't against gay marriage. They are against everyone having the same rights
We all know what he would have thought about white people marrying a black person 75 yrs ago too
[quote]Ugh...why couldn't the gay son at least be attractive? I'd care more.
You're insane, that guy is fucking hot.
Matt Salmon, the son, is a gay Rethuglicunt (like Ken Mehlman) who gave us 8 years of Bush and Cheney-Halliburton.
The kid was put in gay conversion therapy...sounds somewhat fucked in the head now thanks to his parents.