Carl DeMaio, a conservative Republican, made history on Tuesday when he won the San Diego primary to become the city's first openly gay mayoral finalist. But not all of the city's LGBT community are celebrating the landmark development.
Reports San Diego's 10 News:
Despite his sexual orientation, DeMaio has not won the full support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, in part because he never took a stance on Proposition 8, the ballot measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
"He's made a statement that almost denies that he's willing to be the ambassador," said LGBT voter Robert Bettinger.
But gay voters are upset with more than just DeMaio's refusal to take a stand on Prop 8.
The LGBT wing of the San Diego Democratic Party takes issue with some of DeMaio's supporters, such as conservative talk show host and former San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock, who supported the effort to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Hedgecock endorsed DeMaio in September and donated to his campaign.
"He has accepted financial support, both in his council race in 2008 and in his mayoral campaign from individuals who are openly hostile to the LGBT community," said Craig Roberts, who is with San Diego Democrats for Equality.
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