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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