September 6, 2012 | by Steve Charing
Gay former Ehrlich staffer backs marriage
Robert Ehrlich, gay news, gay politics dc, Washington Blade

James C. ‘Chip’ DiPaula, Jr. worked as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich from 2005-2007. (Public domain photo)

James C. “Chip” DiPaula, Jr., who worked as campaign manager and chief of staff to former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. from 2005-2007, has joined the ranks of those supporting marriage equality in Maryland. DiPaula, who is gay and was regarded as Ehrlich’s closest aide, issued a fundraising appeal on behalf of Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the coalition that is defending the Civil Marriage Protection Act in a referendum in November.

In the e-mail to supporters on Aug. 29, DiPaula wrote: “As a lifelong Marylander, it was a great honor to serve [Ehrlich] and the citizens of the state I love… I am not alone among Republicans in my support for marriage equality. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman do, too.”

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