An Alabama candidate for Congress is making his opposition to same sex marriage the central plank in his electoral platform. Mobile, AL NBC affiliate WPMI reported that Dean Young is running to fill a Congressional seat left vacant by Rep. Josiah "Jo" Bonner (R-AL), who retired Aug. 2.

“I’m against homosexuals pretending like they’re married,” Young told WPMI. “If you want to have homosexuals pretending like they’re married, then go to the Democrat party."

Young feels that many Republicans in Congress are not sufficiently anti-LGBT.

“Congress is weak and spineless,” he said. “We get these mealy-mouthed politicians that just want to move up the ladder, and they won’t tell people where they stand.”

To that end, he has written a six-part pledge against same sex marriage support that he hopes all of the Republican candidates in the race to represent Alabama's District 1 will sign. Included among its tenets are: "1.I believe that the only marriage is between one man and one woman," "5. As a member of Congress, I shall take active steps to oppose gay marriage" and "6. I support the by-law change to expel any member of the RepublicanExecutive Committee who opposes the party position by supporting gay marriage."

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Dean Young's Pledge to Oppose Gay Marriage by George Talbot

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[image of Dean Young via Dean Young for Alabama's Facebook photostream]