From The Washington Blade:
WILMINGTON, Del.—The gay executive director of the Delaware Republican Party is among those who attended an Equality Delaware fundraiser on March 15.
“I’m here this evening because I support marriage equality,” John Fluharty told the Washington Blade in an exclusive interview at Timothy’s on the Riverfront in Wilmington. “It’s an issue that’s of personal importance for me as a gay man.”
Fluharty, who describes himself as a gay conservative Republican, spoke to the Blade less than a day after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) publicly endorsed marriage rights for same-sex couples. He applauded the senator’s position in a tweet he sent from his private Twitter account.
“I commend Sen. Portman,” Fluharty told the Blade. “It was an absolutely right thing for him to do.”
Fluharty, who directed ballot access and delegate operations for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, became executive director of the Delaware Republican Party last May.
While some of you may be stunned why a gay person would be head of any Republican group and others may think that it is obvious a gay person would support marriage equality no matter what their party affiliation, with the recent support of Sen. Rob Portman, Ill. Republican Chair Pat Brady and change of heart on gay issues from GOProud, folks like Fluharty are really helping to build a rainbow on the right, to borrow the phrase from the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference. Soon others find the courage to stand-up and speak-up and get us to that land that we dream of, equality, that much faster.