Ariz. Rep: My Son Is Gay, But I Oppose Gay Marriage
Meanwhile, Bob Casey comes out in favor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 2, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Matt Salmon is no Rob Portman. The Arizona congressman made some waves this weekend, when he told AZ Family that he doesn't support "the gay marriage," even though his son is openly gay. "I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family. I'm not there," he said. “My son is one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say.” He added that he didn't believe homosexuality was a choice.

"It doesn't mean I don't sympathize," Salmon said. "It means I haven't evolved to that station. Rob Portman apparently has." The admission comes as fresh gay marriage supporters are pouring out of the woodwork in Congress. Sen. Bob Casey became the latest to flip yesterday, Politico reports. The Pennsylvania Democrat says he came around after reading letters from his LGBT constituents. "These stories had a substantial impact on my position," he said in a statement.

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Stainlesssteve
Apr 3, 2013 8:31 AM CDT
This way of thinking is the problem in this country. People are so entangled in the past they just can't go with the flow of constant and forward thinking. They are conservative to a disruptive disorder of life. My way or the highway is their motto.To compromise is weak,god is on my side, we are strong. We will not change to accommodate the non believers.Gays are not people,they are godless and take drugs and have disease is their true beliefs.Matt Salmon might believe this or the people he represents really do think this way. So to keep his job and power and influence and just to be "different",this is his stance. Tea party thinking is even more conservative than that. They don't want to spend a nickel on anybody but their own narrow minded ideas and middle ages way of life.We must adapt with technology to advance our thinking, We owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be.Let's evolve a little bit more every day.
el_polacko
Apr 3, 2013 12:57 AM CDT
i feel sorry for his son. what sort of father doesn't want the best for his child ? doesn't he want his son to find love and settle down with someone ? shouldn't that couple have all the legal protections that his straight children will have ? he says he loves his son and yet he would see his child have second-class citizenship rather than adjust his stand against marriage equality. glad he's not my dad.
M_Polk
Apr 2, 2013 10:26 PM CDT
And somehow, since we didn't know of his status, he was sleeping with twelve Disciples? Um, that was twelve male Disciples? Unless he was virtuous and didn't find a wife which the Oh So Holy Bible states: (A) No women were there (B) Sheep were awfully willing and that is an even greater sin. (C) Same sex relations which is part of this debate. (D) Polygamy (E) All of the above So those whom it is that state the Bible is the word for word Mandate and Blueprint for my life PALEEESE! I was baptized a Catholic Raised as a Christian Read the Old Testament Couldn't reconcile any of it Became an Agnostic Married a Wiccan witch whom was a former Dominican Penguin Became a Druid and have been for 13 years. Both the Wiccan religion and the Druid religion follow one rule: Harm None in Thought, Word, nor Deed. It is very strict... One must be held accountable for oneself or it comes back threefold. Or be careful what you wish for... You may get it. It is not my form of entertainment... Now, if you can show me tangible proof, without thumping your Oh So Holy Bible... Jesus was a good boy I will be willing to discuss things with you. So say you, 1942??