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A Gay Republican Delegate From Texas Explains Why the GOP Is Better for Gays

Complete with cowboy hat.

CLEVELAND—As Slate met delegates in and around the Republican National Convention, one of the less expected was Colton Buckley, a young Republican from Texas who came out as gay shortly after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Fresh faced and cheerfully strident, he told us more gay Republicans need to come out, why LGBT people should never support Hillary Clinton, and how he reconciles the GOP’s anti-gay platform with his support for the party.

Also, this: “I may be one of the most conservative gay Republicans here because of the fact that I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.”

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