Arizona

Lawmaker’s gay son doesn’t understand why people think his dad is a ‘bigot’

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PHOENIX — Matt R. Salmon, the gay son of U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), says it’s hard for him to understand why people “jump to the conclusion” that his father is anti-gay.

“Yeah, he doesn’t support gay marriage, but that doesn’t make him a bigot at all,” the younger Salmon told KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

Salmon adds that he participated in controversial gay-to-straight “reparative therapy,” and that is was difficult for his father “to accept” his decision not to continue the therapy.

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Last month, the Arizona congressman said that even though he has an openly gay son, he isn’t ready to change his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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