Republican businessman Dean Young is running for the U.S. Congress seat vacated by Rep. Josiah Bonner (R-AL), who retired on August 2.
Young's campaign is centered around his opposition to gay marriage, which has never been legal in Alabama and was officially banned in 2006 by Alabama Amendment 774.
“I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married. If you want to have homosexuals pretending like they’re married, then go to the Democrat party," Young told Local 15 (video below).
Young didn't mention exactly which homosexuals are "pretending like they're married," but thirteen U.S. states legally allow gay marriage.
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“Congress is weak and spineless. We get these mealy-mouthed politicians that just want to move up the ladder, and they won’t tell people where they stand,” added Young.
To prove how much he hates gay marriage, Young wrote a six-part pledge that he wants his Republican opponents. running for the same Congressional seat, to sign.
The pledge includes: "I support the by-law change to expel any member of the RepublicanExecutive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage” and "As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage.”