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NOM-backed DC Council Candidate Changes Position on Marriage

Delano Hunter, who plans to run in the special election for the Ward 5 Council seat, has changed his tune on marriage equality. Hunter announced he will not seek to overturn the Marriage Equality Act, a complete change from his NOM-backed campaign against Thomas Harry in the September 2010 primary.  In 2010, anti-gay groups supported Hunter's call for a voter referendum to overturn the same-sex marriage ballot, according to the Washington Blade: 

The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and other national groups opposed to same-sex marriage contributed tens of thousands of dollars for direct mail, robocalls, and racially divisive fliers attacking Thomas during his re-election campaign in 2010, according to Right Wing Watch, an LGBT-supportive organization.

Right Wing Watch said some of the same anti-gay groups supported Delano Hunter’s race against Thomas but didn’t contribute large amounts of money directly to his campaign. NOM sent a mailer supportive of Hunter to residents of Ward 5 in 2010.

Hunter said he will now "respect" the law, according to the Blade.

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