Rep. Salmon Stands — at Great Personal Cost

Matt_Salmon_-113th_Congress_Official_PhotographHurrah. There still is character to be found in high places.

From Gary Bauer’s 4/2/13 “End of Day” Report …

Salmon’s Stand For Marriage

Kudos to Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ). He was interviewed over the weekend by an Arizona TV station and asked about his view on same-sex marriage. Salmon’s son, also named Matt, has been openly gay for years and active in the Log Cabin Republicans.

But, unlike Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Congressman Salmon still believes marriage should remain the union of one man and one woman. Here is how he handled the issue:

“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.”

That is how the issue should be handled — with love for the child and respect for the institution of marriage.

The congressman’s son was equally loving toward his father, telling the Washington Post, “We respect each others’ opinions and we just know that on certain issues we have to agree to disagree.” He also condemned the intolerant “hate speech” that homosexual rights activists have posted on his father’s Facebook page since this interview.

Please take a moment to encourage Rep. Salmon. Thank him for not abandoning normal marriage. It would be politically convenient for him to reverse his position under these circumstances, and I have no doubt that the gay rights movement will continue to target him and his family for harassment and intimidation.

Image: Matt Salmon, AZ; source:; author: Matt Salmon, Official Photograph 113th Congress; public domain

About the author: Steve Pauwels

Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King, Londonderry, NH and an editor of He's also husband to the lovely Maureen and proud father of three fine sons: Mike, Sam and Jake.

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