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