"I am running on free-market issues. That's what I'm focused on."
Manchester, NH - The following article appeared in the Washington Post on May 19th, 2014.
3 gay GOP congressional runs come as party tries to evolve on marriage, hold on to base
By Wesley Lowery
BELMONT, N.H. - Dan Innis is standing at the back of the main dining room of the Top of the Town Restaurant as people straggle in for the monthly meeting of the Belknap County Republican Committee.
The aroma of prime rib and mashed potatoes streams from the nearby kitchen and fills the room, which has floral dressings on the windows and an American flag hung on the back wall.
As about three dozen people file in, one woman stops to ask Innis, one of the meeting's featured speakers, about his position on gay rights and equality issues: Will they be his major focus if elected?
It is a pointed question because Innis is running for Congress. He is gay, and he is a Republican.
His response: "I am running on free-market issues. That's what I'm focused on," Innis says. "The social issue has been settled here in New Hampshire."
The voter is satisfied. "Well, with that answer, I'm very comfortable supporting you," she tells him before making the way to her seat.
Innis is a hotel owner who speaks with the confident, matter-of-fact cadence crafted during his years as a business professor.
He is one of three openly gay GOP candidates who, 10 years after the nation's first gay marriages were performed in Massachusetts, are vying for offices on Capitol Hill this year.
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