GOP Rep.: Gay Son Didn’t Change My Mind

    House subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Chairman Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., center, talks with Mark Feierstein, assistant administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development, right, and Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs , after they testified on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, before the subcommittee's hearing on: "Overview of U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere: Opportunities and Challenges." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., on Feb. 28. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    Guess Rob Portman’s gay-marriage turnaround isn’t the only response a Republican member of Congress with a gay son can have. Arizona Republican Matt J. Salmon said over the weekend that despite having a gay son himself, he is still against same-sex marriage. “I don’t support the gay marriage,” Salmon said in an interview with Fox affiliate 3TV. But Salmon said he supports his son, and he doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice. Salmon’s son, Matt Salmon, made an “It Gets Better” video in 2011, in which he discussed his experience dealing with his family’s reaction to his homosexuality, as well as gay “conversion” therapy. The elder Salmon’s wife, Nancy Salmon, led the Arizona chapter of United Families International during its ultimately unsuccessful bid in 2006 to rewrite the state’s constitution to ban gay marriage.

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