Ariz. congressman’s gay son does not change his opposition to gay marriage

PHOENIX — U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon says he isn’t ready to change his opinion on same-sex marriage, despite the fact that he has an openly gay son.

The Arizona Republican, who has maintained a reputation as a staunch social conservative throughout his political career, tells KTVK-TV in Phoenix that he loves his gay son “more than I can say,” he doesn’t believe his son Matt R., deserves the freedom to marry.

“I’m just not there in believing in my heart,” said Salmon.

Salmon, a devout Mormon, voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. In 2006, his wife Nancy campaigned for Proposition 107, which sought to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnershipships in Arizona.

Matt R. is president of the Arizona chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, and his former partner is Kent Flake, second cousin of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Sen. Flake says he will not be evolving on the issue of same-sex marriage anytime soon either.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman from Ohio recently announced that he had changed his opinion on same-sex marriage after learning that his son is gay.

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