Newark Mayor and Democratic Senate candidate Cory Booker says he hopes people are not voting for him presuming that he's straight.

The 44-year-old unmarried Booker is often questioned about his sexual orientation because he refuses to discuss his personal life and is a strong supporter of LGBT rights.

“[P]eople who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful,” Booker said in a The Washington Post profile. “Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight.'”

Booker added that he doesn't discuss his dating life because “how unfair is it to a young lady to put them in the spotlight if they haven't signed up for that yet?”

Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan are vying to fill the seat left vacant by the June 6 death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. A special election will take place on October 16.