The campaigns of Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have selected gay Republicans as delegate candidates to next year's Republican National Convention (RNC), gay weekly The Washington Blade reported.

Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper was selected as an alternate delegate candidate by Huntsman's D.C. campaign. Gay Republican David Black is running as a delegate candidate pledged to Huntsman.

Huntsman, President Obama's former ambassador to China, supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

(Related: Jon Huntsman believes gay marriage ban DOMA is “useful.”)

“Huntsman is a conservative hero who can unite the broader conservative movement and secure the votes necessary to beat Obama in 2012,” Cooper said. “Further, Huntsman believes in the equality of people born under the same constitution and is a strong Republican voice for the LGBT community.”

Marc Morgan and Timothy Day, who have run unsuccessfully in 2010 for seats on the D.C. City Council, have been selected by the Gingrich campaign. Rachel Hoff is running as a delegate candidate and activists Jose Cunningham and David Trebing are running as alternate delegate candidates pledged to Romney.

Ron Paul's campaign recruited Terry Tahir to run as a delegate candidate in the District's April 3 presidential primary.

Democrats will select delegates at a March 3 Democratic caucus.