Bil Browning

DC Marriage Equality Opponent Changes Sides

Filed By Bil Browning | January 12, 2012 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Delano Hunter, Harry Thomas, Log Cabin Republican, NOM, same-sex marriage, Tim Day, Washington D.C.

NOM's favorite DC would-be city councilor probably isn't on the Christmas card list any longer.Marching with a rainbow flag at the National Equality March

An outspoken advocate for placing D.C.'s same-sex marriage law on the ballot in a voter referendum in 2010 says he no longer holds that view and will express "respect" for the law as a candidate for the City Council in a special election this spring.

Civic activist Delano Hunter has announced plans to run for the Ward 5 Council seat that became vacant last week when incumbent Harry Thomas, a Democrat, resigned after pleading guilty to federal theft and tax evasion charges.

"I do not seek to overturn the Marriage Equality Act when elected," Hunter told the Blade in a statement released on Tuesday.

"I will, however, continue to establish working relationships within the LGBT community to focus on issues that affect the quality of life for all residents of the District of Columbia," he said.

NOM and other rightwing nutjob groups advocated for Hunter's last campaign after he called for a voter referendum on the city's new same-sex marriage laws during his primary campaign against Thomas. The groups spent a small fortune on robocalls and direct mail pieces trying to defeat Thomas in the general election but he won by a large margin.

Ironically enough, Thomas' opponent in the general election was Log Cabin Republican Tim Day.


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