Phoenix, AZ –Matt R. Salmon was disinvited from MSNBC and CNN because he wasn’t willing to bash his father, GOP Congressman Matt Salmon, over the marriage equality issue.
The younger is Salmon is gay. His father — who represents Arizona’s 5th Congressional District in the Phoenix eastern suburbs — is a strong supporter of traditional marriage.
In a local television interview, Matt R. Salmon said the both The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show were gung ho about having him on — that is until producers found out that he wouldn’t be criticizing his dad during the TV segments. Salmon suggested that producers were more interested in controversy than substance. Both networks now claim that the Salmon interview was never officially booked.
Matt R. Salmon is the former president of the Arizona Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for gay rights along with free market economics and limited government.
In a published interview, Matt R. Salmon characterized his relationship with his dad as follows:
“My father loves me very much and he supports me and he respects me. He’s very much there for me as one of my closest friends. I think that was obvious in everything that he had to say.”
Added Salmon: “He doesn’t see it as not allowing his son to be with the person he loves because he knows that regardless of where marriage is, I’m going to be with the person that I love. Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. As far as it goes with marriage for him it’s a matter of what marriage means to him — to him marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with the way he views a person’s relationship, and that’s the thing that I think is hard for people to understand.”
Watch Matt R. Salmon talk about MSNBC and CNN cancelling interviews with him about the gay marriage issue: