Former GOP spokesman comes out, pushes for same-sex marriageBy Leigh Ann Caldwell, CNNUpdated 7:32 PM ET, Thu September 4, 2014James RichardsonStory highlightsJames Richardson is a Republican and wants you to know that he wants to get married to a manHe wrote a column publicly announcing his sexualityHe will advocate for marriage equality within the Republican PartyHe is gay. He's a Republican. He wants to get married. During his time as a spokesperson for the Republican Party and GOP candidates, James Richardson noted that "never once did I write that I am gay."That changed with the publication of a column by Richardson in Thursday's Washington Post that openly proclaims his sexuality. Despite being a member and former spokesman for a party that doesn't support what he so badly desires -- to marry his same sex partner -- Richardson is committed to the GOP and committed to changing the party's views on the issue. While all six openly gay members of the U.S. House and one member of the Senate are Democrats, that could change in November as at least three gay Republicans are currently running. Just WatchedTexas GOP supports 'reparative therapy' replayMore Videos ...Texas GOP supports 'reparative therapy' 01:28PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedOpenly gay son of GOP lawmaker speaks outreplayMore Videos ...Openly gay son of GOP lawmaker speaks out 03:20PLAY VIDEOJust WatchedGOP shift on same-sex marriagereplayMore Videos ...GOP shift on same-sex marriage 03:15PLAY VIDEO"I'm advocating for change openly as a gay Republican," he said in an interview with CNN about why he decided to announce his sexuality. "It brings some personal heft when you are convincing people that what they are doing is going to hurt you."He wants to work "from within" to change minds and the law about same sex marriage, he said. "My partner and I are envious subscribers to the conventional, conservative family model. Yet together, as two men wishing to grow grey and ornery in matching rocking chairs, we are consigned to 'cohabitation' as a consequence of law. That's unjust, and it's uniquely painful," he wrote in the Post. Richardson once worked for the more moderate Republican Jon Huntsman, who has embraced same-sex marriage. But he also worked for candidates adamantly against same sex marriage, including former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's short-lived presidential exploratory campaign. Barbour has said he firmly believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. "I strongly disagree" with Barbour, Richardson said, adding that he respects Barbour's position. "It's a matter of overlooking something for the broader picture." Ken Mehlman, former adviser to President George W. Bush and former chair of the Republican National Committee, announced that he is gay in 2010 after he stepped out of the political spotlight and into the private sector.Same-sex marriage debateSpreading in the 'red' statesSame-sex marriage is spreading quickly in the U.S., even reaching several "red" states. Activists have also launched a new push in the Deep South. What's next in the fight?Never has the Supreme Court said so much when saying so little.LGBT rights calculatorFind out which states match your values when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.Same Sex Marriage Fast FactsHere's a look at what you need to know about same-sex marriage in the U.S. and worldwide. Same-sex marriage in the U.S.Here's a look at same-sex marriage in the United States, by the numbers.Map: Legal, or illegal?Which states allow same-sex marriage, and which states don't?Evangelicals step back from gay marriage fightEvangelical leaders are taking a step back from their decades-long fight against gay marriage, softening their tone and recalibrating their goals.Elton John: Jesus would back same-sex marriageIn the same-sex marriage debate, Elton John believes he knows where Jesus would've stood. A year after DOMA, couples choose love and countryA year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA.Love wins in gay couple's 40-year immigration fightAnthony Sullivan was a young Australian with Robert Redford looks. Richard Adams emigrated from the Philippines as a child and became an American citizen.Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriageThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal.More from politicsObama chief guest at India's Republic Day paradeIsraeli Amb. defends Netanyahu's speech to CongressIsraeli ambassador: Netanyahu must speak out on Iran while 'there is still time'