Congressional Record

Matt Salmon, Arizona Congressman, Believes Son Didn't Choose to be Gay but Deserves Discrimination Regardless

Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon told a Sunday news program that he still doesn't support gay marriage despite his son's homosexuality.

News stories about Salmon's admission have been referencing a 2010 New Times article about the younger Salmon's relationship with Kent Flake, cousin to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.

In an interview on Channel 3 News (KTVK-TV), Salmon even referenced Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman, who recently changed his stance on the subject of gay marriage because of the lifestyle of his own son.

Although Portman has "evolved" in his belief on the matter, Salmon says he himself has not.

See also: Over the Rainbow: Matt Salmon's Son Wants to Make a Name For Himself in Republican Politics -- Only He's Gay

Worse, from an individual ethics point of view, Salmon confessed that he doesn't believe his son's homosexuality is a choice.

If that's true, Salmon is essentially admitting that discrimination is fine, as long it's against people who were born with different hard-wiring.

Here's what Salmon said:

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.

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.

That's Salmon -- unevolved, and sort of heartless to his own kin.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.