As a gay man and first-time delegate, Ryan Butler is looking forward to showing his support for Obama – the first president to endorse gay marriage.
Butler, 33, and his partner tied the knot in a Canadian ceremony six years ago.
“The Democratic Party is the party of inclusion,” said Butler, a Greensboro attorney who is also president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina. “It’s always been a big-tent party. When you look out at the convention, you see people from all walks of life, all different sexual orientations.”
Earlier this year the state party approved, for the first time, a LGBT auxiliary. It joins other such subgroups, including the Young Democrats, Senior Democrats, Democratic Women of N.C., the African American auxiliary and the Hispanic auxiliary.
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