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"It's nothing I didn't already know," Matt R. Salmon said, according to The Washington Blade

Over the weekend Rep. Salmon said he opposed same-sex marriage despite his son's sexuality. In March, Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump slaps tariffs on imported washing machines, solar panel technology GOP sees omens of a Dem wave in Wisconsin Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE (R-Ohio) announced his support for same-sex marriage. Portman cited his gay son in explaining why he changed positions.

"People seem to be trying so hard to analyze where it’s coming from, but really he was quite straight-forward," Salmon said of his father's opposition. "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."

Rep. Salmon 's opposition does not mean that he does not think people should be with who they love, the younger Salmon said.

"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," he added.

Salmon continued that his father's opposition centers on the definition of marriage.

"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," Salmon said. "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."

In recent weeks, a number of senators have spoke in in favor of same-sex marriage. Portman and Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (Ill.) are the only two Republicans to voice support.

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