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Meredith Marks defends son Brooks: 'Nobody needs to come out'

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Meredith Marks is defending her son, Brooks Marks, amid speculation about his sexuality.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star appeared with Brooks Marks, 22, Sunday on Watch What Happens Live.

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Marks and her son visited WWHL after Sunday's episode of RHOSLC showed Marks clash with her co-star Jen Shah after Shah liked tweets that assumed Brooks' sexuality.

"I feel like Jen has made homophobic commentary about Brooks," Marks told her husband, Seth, on RHOSLC. "She knows nothing about his sexuality. He has not labeled himself as gay and she is busy labeling him that way."

On WWHL, Marks was asked if her underlying issue with Shah was that Brooks hadn't discussed his sexuality with their family.

"From my standpoint, I don't think that's exactly correct," Marks said. "My standpoint is -- nobody needs to come out. Equality is not having to come out."

"Brooks shouldn't have to say anything to anyone, including his parents," she added.

On WWHL, Marks also discussed her friendship with RHOSLC co-star Lisa Barlow amid their feud. Marks was asked to rate Barlow's loyalty as a friend on a scale from one to 10.

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"Well, I think from Lisa's perspective, she will say a 10," Marks said. "From my perspective, I would say that she views herself as loyal but we have different definitions of loyalties ... I'm not putting a number on it. I'm not saying she's not loyal; I think she's doing the best she can."

RHOSLC is in the midst of its second season on Bravo. The series stars Marks, Shah, Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Whitney Rose and Jennie Nguyen.

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