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Piers Morgan upset that Republican Congressman opposed to gay marriage loves his gay son?

Seems CNN’s Piers Morgan is not much interested in the story of “Matt Salmon, the gay son of a Republican congressman” because the young man “refused to criticize his father, who is not a supporter of same-sex marriage.”  As Paul Mirengoff writes at Powerline:

The rejection of guests because they won’t serve as props to further the host’s simplistic narrative isn’t confined to CNN and MSNBC. I experienced it with a well-known Fox News talk-show host.

But using a son as a prop to bash his father seems to carry the joke too far. Moreover, O’Donnell and Morgan are missing the real story of the Salmons and the Portmans — the loyalty that stems from family love. Matt Salmon is loyal to his father; Rob Portman is loyal to his son.

Wonder who is going to examine the prejudices of Mr. Morgan (and Lawrence O’Donnell at MSNBC).  He seems to be assuming that because a man doesn’t support gay marriage, his son must needs criticize him.

Maybe we’re not as polarized on gay marriage as the sensationalist coverage of the issue makes it appear.

Actually there is a story here, one to which our friends in the media (and on the gay left) seem oblivious, that (most) opposition to gay marriage is not rooted in hate and that an opponent of gay marriage can love a gay child.  And that child can love his parents even when disagreeing with their views on social issues.

How many of us have relatives with whom we often lock horns on politics, but for whom we’d drive through a rainstorm to help them in their hour of need?



  1. I just read the “Phoenix New Times” link that rusty posted in #20, and I would urge everyone commenting about the Salmons to read it in full — it only gives the point-of-view of Salmon Jr. and a supportive cousin, but it does fill in some significant details about the family’s history.

    In particular, I’d note that Salmon Jr. appears to be more offended by his father’s double standard regarding Mormonism and Scientology than by his Mormon family’s disapproval of homosexuality — a detail that comes at the end of the article. (No, the kid isn’t a Scientologist; he’s simply aware that similar accusations have been made against Scientology and the LDS church.)

    Comment by Throbert McGee — April 11, 2013 @ 8:17 pm - April 11, 2013

    I didn’t know if my family would ever come around. My parents were very politically opposed to gay and equal rights,” he says in the video. The key, he said, was not to shut them out regardless of their politics: “Since I’ve come out, things have changed with my family, but it wasn’t until I realized one key thing: if I wanted them to love me and fully accept me, I had to love and fully accept them too, despite their opinions which might not agree with mine.”

    Comment by rusty — April 11, 2013 @ 8:55 pm - April 11, 2013

  3. Younger Salmon did a It Gets Better video

    And he is no longer dating Flake

    Comment by rusty — April 11, 2013 @ 8:56 pm - April 11, 2013

  4. @ #32, Heliotrope, I doubt you know much about Ron Reagan, Jr.

    Comment by Mike Roberts — April 16, 2013 @ 12:08 am - April 16, 2013

  5. Mike Roberts,

    I know he and his sister cooperated in dragging family laundry out for the willing snark media to wave around. I know that playing out your petulant family differences in public is extremely low class in the cheap shot drama queen attention-getting sense. I know that adults have the choice to keep their dignity and pride or just go all “tell-all” for a few “atta’ boys” from a crowd of manipulating hyenas who will feign friendship for five minutes in exchange for some red meat.

    Losers can’t ever seem to get over themselves. They live a life of self-pity in the vice of someone else’s grip and all they can do is gripe about how they can’t free themselves and move on.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 16, 2013 @ 9:42 am - April 16, 2013

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