While his wife Elizabeth kicked off San Francisco’s Pride and supports gay marriage, presidential candidate John Edwards has been more careful about his support to the LGB community.

He claims that he wants to end discrimination of gay and lesbian couples, but he is not in favour of gay marriage.

Despite the fact that he has not fully endorsed LGBT demands of equal rights, a group of 25 prominent community leaders supports his candidature.

Among them are Pam Cooke, a board member of National Stonewall Democrats, and Gregory G. Simoncini, Commissioner of Illinois Human Rights Commission.

On Tuesday the former Senator from North Carolina visited the Gay and Lesbian Centre in Los Angeles in order to “increase his understanding of the diverse needs of the LGBT community,” his campaign said.

While Edward’s position is more moderate than his wife’s, he still makes an effort to liase with the community while at the same time tries not to be too outspoken and repel more conservative voters.

In a TV show he recently admitted:

“A lot of people I love and care about feel the same way Elizabeth does.”

Edwards was also in the news for having been called a “faggot” himself by right wing commentator Ann Coulter at the 4th annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference in March this year.