In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Matt R. Salmon says he has a loving relationship with his parents despite their opposition to same-sex marriage. Having a gay son did not change conservative Congressman Matt Salmon's views on the definition of marriage.
On Friday, the Republican National Committee re-affirmed its position that a marriage should be solely between one man and one woman. The vote came one month after the RNC released a report that called for the GOP to soften its tone on hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage, to appeal to younger voters.
Salmon says he was disappointed about the outcome of the vote. But in his own family, he has resolved to respect the differences of opinion on the issue.
"Our relationship has really grown stronger and I've watched as my dad has just really been a huge supporter of me. And yes, he doesn't support gay marriage, but that's no reason that I shouldn't love him, or just accept him for who he is," he says.
Anderson Cooper asks Pastor Fred Luter, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, why he linked nuclear threats from North Korea with the debates in the U.S. over same-sex marriage and gays in the Boy Scouts.
He was answering a question posed by a Christian radio host about whether God was punishing Americans for their "slide into immorality." He said, in part, "I don't think it's just a coincidence."
In his interview with Anderson, Pastor Luter clarified his comments and spoke about what he sees as the problem with trying to redefine marriage. Watch the video for more on their conversation.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage. One case hinges on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans such marriages in the state. The other case challenges the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. The 1996 federal law denies federal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian couples. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling in both cases in late June. Here’s the AC360° 411 on the battle over same-sex marriage:
There are no openly gay players in the NFL. Minn. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe talks about why that is and when it might change. Kluwe says he believes some players are not open about their sexuality because, “the window of opportunity to play is so short that you don’t want to risk any sort of distraction that can keep you from keeping that job.”
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky on the science cited during Supreme Court arguments. How do kids really fare?
The Supreme Court heard arguments on the DOMA today. CNN's Jeffrey Toobin describes the scene inside the courtroom.
Civil rights activist Julian Bond reacts to the arguments on same-sex marriage: “these are the same issues, the same struggle.”
The Supreme Court heard arguments for and against Proposition 8 today. CNN’s Gloria Borger and Jeffrey Toobin discuss what happened inside the courtroom.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a high-profile case challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage on Tuesday. Jeffrey Toobin and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on landmark same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.
Jeffrey Toobin says "Same-sex marriage is now the center of the American legal world." Supreme Court ruling expected by June 2013.