Richard Tisei, the openly gay
Republican congressional candidate from Massachusetts, is skipping
the GOP's annual state convention over the party's opposition to gay
More than 2,000 people are expected to
attend Saturday's rally at Boston University's Agganis Arena.
“By going, I feel as though I'd be
giving tacit approval to it,” Tisei is quoted as saying by the
Sun. “And I believe that it's a step backwards for the
Republican Party in the state, rather than moving forward. The
Republican Party should be promoting an agenda that centers around
freedom and giving people more choices.”
Instead of the convention, Tisei, a
former state senator who married his husband Bernie Starr last
summer, attended a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast.
“Packed house for the Kiwanis pancake
breakfast in Danvers,” he tweeted to his more than 2,500 followers.
Boehner says “I do” to gay candidates Richard Tsei, Carl DeMaio.)