Salmon Won’t Follow Portman on Marriage Equality

In the wake of Sen. Rob Portman changing his position on same-sex marriage after his son came out as gay, other anti-equality legislators are being asked about their own position in light of their gay children. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) was asked about it by an Arizona TV station:

SALMON: I don’t support the gay marriage… My son is by far one of the most important people in my life. I love him more than I can say… 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. […]

I don’t believe that this is a lifestyle that he chose. In fact, I remember him telling me at one point in time — he said, “Dad, do you truly believe that if I could have chosen a lifestyle I would have chosen this with all the things that come along with it?”

It doesn’t mean that I don’t have respect; it doesn’t mean that I don’t sympathize with some of the issues. It just means that I haven’t evolved to that station. Rob Portman apparently has.

Here’s the punchline: Salmon is Mormon. Seriously, a Mormon claiming that we shouldn’t allow same-sex marriage because it would alter “2,000 years” of the God-ordained institution of marriage? That’s like a 10 year supply of irony.

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  • So, Salmon is refusing to swim upstream against his party’s flow?

    I think it’s a baby step of progress that a Republican, particularly a Mormon, didn’t pull an Alan Keyes and disown his child. And not only accepts his gay son, instead of treating him as some unnatural Satan spawn, but says as much in public.

  • Ya’ see? Now there’s someone who’s thinking of the children…

    Is there an idiot filter I can install in my computer? These guys are getting tiresome.

  • Hmmm. That didn’t come across right. How about this:

    We’re gay. Get over it.

  • dingojack

    What is it with America?

    First the Right gets all pissy toward Natie Portman (and Jean Reno), and now salmon won’t swim upstream to breed even if Natalie shows them the way! – Oh wait now….

    🙂 Dingo

  • Joey Maloney

    Is there an idiot filter I can install in my computer?

    Yes, there is. You see that button with the circle missing the bit on top, and the straight line sticking down into the circle? Sometimes it glows green.

    To avoid being exposed to idiots on the internet, push that button.

  • jamessweet

    You have to understand that Mormons believe that the founding of the church by Joseph Smith was the restoration of a religion that existed 2000 years ago, not the founding of a new one. So in Salmon’s mythology, there is no contradiction.

  • doublereed

    His son has made videos about their relationship (which I encourage you to check out). It’s clear that they love each other, but it’s still depressing.

  • It doesn’t mean that I don’t have respect; it doesn’t mean that I don’t sympathize with some of the issues. It just means that I haven’t evolved to that station.

    Gee, I wish I had the integrity to tell my son I need to keep treating him like a second class citizen until the polls shift a little more. You know, for the greater good.

  • keithb

    jamessweet @ 6:

    I think it is the polygamy thing that Ed is referring to, not how long Mormonism has been around.

  • Abby Normal

    Yes, your son is by far one of the most important things to you, along with what, getting votes, hurting people in the name of God, protecting your image? Real dedication there Pops.

  • Matt G

    I believe in traditional marriage. One man and as many women as he can afford….

  • Sastra

    Salmon’s reasoning here really doesn’t seem much different for what happens when a religious parent discovers that their child has left the One True Religion and joined a false one — or become an atheist. There’s a familiar template for continuing to love your child and accept that they are not only damned, but deserving of damnation.

    The trick I think is to not think about it too much. Compartmentalize. This is harder to do if you take your religion’s doctrines as serious uncompromising truths … and easier to do if you think that what goes on in the world counts a lot for how you interpret sacred dogma.

  • lofgren

    This is a joke about Natalie Portman and swimming up her stream. (To spawn.) Cue laughter. Introduce celebrity guests. Gesture to band. Cut to commercial.