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Candidate seeks Log Cabin Republicans support, then criticizes opponent for being VP of 'Gay Activist Group'


GOP Congressional candidate Ozzie deFaria (who hopes to challenge Democratic incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in November) sent a blistering email today critical of his primary opponent, Karen Harrington, who in 2009 became vice president of the conservative gay Sunshine Republicans club.

From the email:

Karen Harrington claims to be a supporter of traditional marriage, but Karen was announced as the Vice President of a Gay Activist Group that supports gay marriage. Debbie Wasserman Schultz supports same-sex marriage. (Source: My So Called Gay Life Blog, 4/5/11)

In January, deFaria courted support at the gay Broward Log Cabin Republicans club. (I covered the event and took photos.)

The national Log Cabin Republicans organization is a longtime leading supporter of marriage equality.

"Although I do not agree with the Log Cabins on every issue, I absolutely want their support," deFaria said on Thursday. "However I need to stay true to my values and I don't support gay marriage."

Harrington doesn't support gay marriage either, according to her campaign website:

Traditional Marriage

I support the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) of 1996,  identifying marriage as being between one man,and one woman. As a member of congress, I pledge to uphold this law, and protect it from any future challenges.

In May, however, the conservative website RedBroward.com posted photos of Harrington toasting the marriage of Ron and Benjamin Bullard, founder and president of Sunshine Republicans:


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