Gay son defends the stance of anti-gay marriage Congressman father

Rick Moran
This won't get much play in the media, but Matt R. Salmon, the gay son of Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona, came out in defense of his father to the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper.

The Hill:

"People seem to be trying so hard to analyze where it's coming from, but really he was quite straight-forward," Salmon said of his father's opposition. "My father loves me very much and he supports me and he respects me. He's very much there for me as one of my closest friends. I think that was obvious in everything that he had to say."

Rep. Salmon 's opposition does not mean that he does not think people should be with who they love, the younger Salmon said.

"He doesn't see it as not allowing his son to be with the person he loves because he knows that regardless of where marriage is, I'm going to be with the person that I love," he added.

Salmon continued that his father's opposition centers on the definition of marriage.

"As far as it goes with marriage for him it's a matter of what marriage means to him - to him marriage is defined as between a man and a woman," Salmon said. "It has nothing to do with the way he views a person's relationship, and that's the thing that I think is hard for people to understand."

Please don't tell gay marriage advocates that you can love someone, respect them, wish them all the happiness in the world - and disagree with them over the definition of marriage.

Their heads might explode.

This won't get much play in the media, but Matt R. Salmon, the gay son of Congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona, came out in defense of his father to the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper.

The Hill:

"People seem to be trying so hard to analyze where it's coming from, but really he was quite straight-forward," Salmon said of his father's opposition. "My father loves me very much and he supports me and he respects me. He's very much there for me as one of my closest friends. I think that was obvious in everything that he had to say."

Rep. Salmon 's opposition does not mean that he does not think people should be with who they love, the younger Salmon said.

"He doesn't see it as not allowing his son to be with the person he loves because he knows that regardless of where marriage is, I'm going to be with the person that I love," he added.

Salmon continued that his father's opposition centers on the definition of marriage.

"As far as it goes with marriage for him it's a matter of what marriage means to him - to him marriage is defined as between a man and a woman," Salmon said. "It has nothing to do with the way he views a person's relationship, and that's the thing that I think is hard for people to understand."

Please don't tell gay marriage advocates that you can love someone, respect them, wish them all the happiness in the world - and disagree with them over the definition of marriage.

Their heads might explode.