The other day, we reported on an Arizona Congressman, GOP Representative Matt Salmon, who opposes marriage equality even though his son, Matt R. Salmon, is gay. Now his son speaks out. The Washington Blade reports:
Matt R. Salmon, a former president of Arizona Log Cabin Republicans who once dated the second cousin of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.,) defended his father against criticism from those within the LGBT community whom he describes as “incredibly intolerant.” He said the congressman received “a lot of hateful comments” on his Facebook page after the interview aired. “People seem to be trying so hard to analyze where it’s coming from, but really he was quite straight-forward,” Matt R. Salmon said. “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.”
“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 said. “Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. 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. 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.”
Each person’s relationship with their parents is different. But I can’t imagine how I would have felt if my father had refused to support me when Mark and I married in 2008. Instead, he was there playing an integral part in our ceremony. In any case, our hears go out to the son, and we hope his father does eventually accept marriage equality for his son.