McAuliffe’s pick for Va. Democratic party chairman wins post after initial opposition

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for state Democratic Party chairman won election to the post Saturday, overcoming initial opposition from gay rights activists who objected to the nominee’s stance on same-sex marriage.

Image: Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch

The party’s State Central Committee elected Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones its chairman in a voice vote, with one “nay.”

The committee typically rubber stamps the sitting governor’s choice for party chairman, but activists initially pushed back against Jones, a part-time Baptist preacher who has not supported same-sex marriage.

The activists acknowledged that a party that touts its “big-tent” inclusiveness should have room for varied opinions on the subject, but they contend that the party’s leader should support same-sex marriage at a time when the issue has taken on great prominence in the state.

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