Marc Morgan, the gay black Republican running for the District of Columbia Ward 1 seat currently held by Council Member Jim Graham, is looking for an endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

The group dedicates itself to supporting openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender candidates. Many of the country's most successful out politicians have received help from the group, including Wisconsin Representative Tammy Baldwin, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

Christian A. Berle, chairman of the Morgan for DC Committee, confirmed Tuesday that Morgan would be seeking an endorsement from the Victory Fund.

So far this year, the Victory Fund has endorsed 73 Democratic candidates nationwide, but only 3 Republicans.

Berle said he believed the discrepancy could be traced back to the fact that most openly gay Republican candidates face an uphill battle and cannot meet the requirement of viability sought by the group.

Morgan, however, is in the unique position of running in a ward where a typical Republican candidate would not perform well, Berle said.

“Being gay and African-American is an asset in DC and the party is aware of this fact,” Berle said in a telephone interview.

In fact, the Republican party's candidate slate for DC includes two openly gay, black candidates – Morgan, 37, and Timothy Day, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission member who hopes to best incumbent Harry Thomas, a Democrat, in a fight for his Ward 5 seat, should Thomas win his primary.

Denis Dison, vice president of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, said that while his group's endorsements heavily lean Democratic, that's mostly a result of party politics.

“In many places gay GOP candidates have found it harder to navigate party politics at the state level, and there hasn't been as much support for them in a party where social conservatives dominate the leadership,” Dison said in an email.

“But there are signs that this may be changing,” he added, “and Richard Tisei's candidacy is among those.”

Tisei, who is running for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, is among the three Republican candidates the group has endorsed this year. The other two candidates are Bonnie Dumanis, who is running for district attorney of San Diego County, California, and Tony Japour, candidate for state representative in Florida.

Morgan's most probable rival, Democrat Jim Graham, who is also openly gay, has yet to receive the endorsement of the group.