Dean Young, Alabama Republican Candidate, Thinks GOP Isn’t Anti Equality Enough

Orange Beach businessman Dean Young announced that he will run for the Republican nomination for the seat in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner (R). “As a successful entrepreneur and business leader, I will work hard every day to champion small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them do what they do best, which is create jobs.”

Bonner announced Thursday that he was resigning the seat effective Aug. 15 to take a job at the University of Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley said he plans to call a special election once there is a formal vacancy for the seat. Young, 49, challenged Bonner for the GOP nomination in 2012, finishing second among a field of four candidates in the Republican primary election. He said he was encouraged by his performance against Bonner, who’s held the seat since 2003, and looked forward to resuming the race. “The momentum is with our team,” Young said. “We have the message, the organization and the funding to win this seat. This is a position I have sought and believe I can win.”

But he has another message as well. “I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married,” Young said. “If you want to have homosexuals pretending like they’re married, then go to the Democrat party.” Young feels that many Republicans in Congress are not sufficiently anti-LGBT. “Congress is weak and spineless,” he continued. “We get these mealy-mouthed politicians that just want to move up the ladder, and they won’t tell people where they stand.”

He has went so far as to write a six-part pledge against same sex marriage support that he hopes all of the Republican candidates in the race to represent Alabama’s District 1 will sign. Included among its components are: “1. I believe that the only marriage is between one man and one woman,” “5. As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage” and “6. I support the by-law change to expel any member of the Republican Executive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage.”

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