WATCH: California Republican Supports Marriage Equality

Congressional candidate Gary DeLong is bucking his party on the issue as he runs against Democrat Alan Lowenthal, also an equality advocate.

BY Trudy Ring

October 12 2012 9:32 PM ET

Gary DeLong

Gary DeLong, a Republican running for Congress in a new California district, has joined the ranks of those willing to go against the party platform on LGBT rights, ThinkProgress reports.

At a recent League of Women Voters forum, DeLong said, “There’s a number of things I disagree with the Republican Party on. I’m pro-choice. They’re pro-life. I support gay marriage. They don’t.”

DeLong and Democrat Alan Lowenthal, also a marriage equality supporter, are vying to represent the 47th congressional district, created by remapping due to population shifts. It encompasses parts of Los Angeles County, including a portion of traditionally liberal, LGBT-friendly Long Beach, and Orange County, which is historically conservative but has been becoming more diverse and liberal in recent years. It is considered a swing district, ThinkProgress notes.

Watch video of DeLong’s appearance below.
 

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