A gay Republican running for Congress in Northern Virginia narrowly lost his bid on Tuesday for the GOP nomination in the race.
Matthew Berry, who’s gay and an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission, was seeking the Republican nomination to represent Virginia’s 8th congressional district, which comprises Arlington and Alexandria.
But Berry lost to Patrick Murray, an Iraq war veteran, who took nearly 52 percent of the vote in a race where nearly 14,000 ballots were cast. Murray is set to face Democratic candidate Rep. Jim Moran this November in the general election.
After conceding the race, Berry told the Blade he’s “disappointed” he had insufficient votes to win the nomination, but said he felt he ran “a very honorable and good campaign.”
Berry said he felt his views on LGBT issues — as well as other positions — were mischaracterized by Murray prior to the election.
In an e-mail blast sent out on Monday, Berry clarified he believes each state should determine its own laws with regard to same-sex marriage. He also said he opposes changing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before the Pentagon completes its study on the issue.