Mitt Romney's opposition to equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples is not heartfelt, openly gay candidate Brian Sims has said.

Sims is set to become Pennsylvania's first openly gay state legislator. After winning his Democratic primary in April – unseating longtime incumbent Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia – Sims, a policy attorney and civil rights advocate, is running unopposed.

During an appearance on cabler Current TV's The War Room, Sims was asked his take on Romney's “ever evolving stance on marriage equality.”

“Do I think that he's spending a lot more time trying to figure out what polls say about this, than trying to figure out what he himself feels about this? Yeah, absolutely,” Sims said.

Guest host John Fugelsang agreed, adding that he believes Romney “pretends to be a homophobe to pander for homophobic votes.”

“Isn't that a bit worse than just being a plain old bigot?” Fugelsang asked.

“Absolutely,” Sims replied. “My guess is that behind closed doors, Mitt Romney would tell you that he's had gay friends, gay family, gay co-workers, and we all know that he has. And my guess is that he probably treated them with the utmost respect.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)