Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon said Friday that despite his son's coming out he's still opposed to gay marriage.

Salmon, a freshman Republican congressman, told 3TV that he loves his son but isn't prepared to change his views.

“I don't support the gay marriage,” Salmon said. “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 in favor of a redefinition of the family. I'm not there,” he said.

Last month, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a Republican, announced that his son's coming out played a crucial part in his decision to drop his opposition to the issue and become the first sitting GOP senator to support such unions.

“It doesn't mean I don't have respect,” Salmon said. “It doesn't mean I don't sympathize with some of the issues. It just means that I haven't evolved to that station. Rob Portman apparently has.”