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National gay conservatives group ‘GOProud’ endorses Mitt Romney

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Board of Directors of “GOProud,” the national organization of gay conservatives, voted Tuesday to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, adding that it was “prepared to commit significant resources” to ensure his victory.

Jimmy LaSalvia

The group cited Romney’s economic positions as the basis of its endorsement, while noting that it differed with the candidate on the issue of marriage equality.

“Most gay Americans, like their straight counterparts, are not better off than they were four years ago,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director, in a statement. “The truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous, failed Obama economy too.

“President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the president’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible. At this critical juncture, we need a president with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around. Someone who knows how the free markets work. Former Gov. Mitt Romney is that candidate.”

“It takes a lot of chutzpah — and not a small amount of delusion — for a gay organization to find room to endorse a staunchly anti-LGBT candidate like Mitt Romney,” said Jerame Davis, Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats.

“Not only has he gone on record repeatedly stating his anti-LGBT positions, he’s put his bigotry in writing. Last year, Romney signed the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-LGBT pledge that, among other things, calls for a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in addition to McCarthy-style investigations of the LGBT community,” Davis said.

“That alone should be enough to deny any candidate an endorsement,” continued Davis.

“Apparently GOProud is more interested in toadying up to the GOP establishment and making excuses for their bigoted behavior than they are in pushing that party forward on LGBT equality. It’s sad, really, when you think about it: there are two gay conservative organizations on the national scene and neither seems willing to stand up to the anti-LGBT hatred in the Republican Party,” he said.

Go Proud was founded in 2009 by LaSalvia and Christopher Barron, two former members of the Log Cabin Republicans.

Barron was not among those voting to endorse Romney because he has personally endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

Gay rights activist Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” campaign, reacted with this tweet: “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue.”

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  1. uhm why?!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:50pm
  2. Headdesk

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:50pm
  3. What a crock!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:50pm
  4. Good for them; all their hairs cuts suck!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:50pm
  5. assholes

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:50pm
  6. WTF?….You have to be kidding? They are obviously insane!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  7. lol

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  8. you cannot be serious

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  9. Stupidity crosses all lines!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  10. Yep insane is right.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  11. Fools!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  12. Honey, get a clue. They hate your bitch ass!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  13. I have NO respect for that group.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:51pm
  14. This is sad……. they should be so ashame of themself!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:52pm
  15. Good for them they must like being in a musty closet!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:52pm
  16. “GOProud” so selfish and narcissistic that they’ll sell out their civil rights for the supposed benefit of their checkbooks.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:52pm
  17. WTF? Really?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:52pm
  18. Lol. Mitt Romney has done nothing to stand up for gay conservatives.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:52pm
  19. And what sense does this make?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:53pm
  20. jackasses

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:53pm
  21. Is this a haha funny or serious?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  22. Maybe that’ll weaken the GOP because the religious right won’t want to align with them!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  23. Any measure at all proves that Obama is better for the LGBT community. But these guys must want to be let up in the house.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  24. Really!I cant believe this!! He wont give us the right to marry and you support this damn ass!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  25. remember vote OBAMA hes for marriage equality if we get the other guy it will only undo all that has been worked for to get what we have so far

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  26. wankers

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  27. aka Self-Haters

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:54pm
  28. Fu**ing idiots! No accounting for supreme stupidity!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:55pm
  29. Gay… Oblivious… and Proud?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:55pm
  30. Revoke their Fabulousness Liscenses now!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:55pm
  31. Every group of people has their own village idiots. Why should gays be any different?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:56pm
  32. well that’s just stupid…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:57pm
  33. #GoAway

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:57pm
  34. ….what….how..no….WHY?!?!?…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:58pm
  35. Not sure how proud they are endorsing a guy who will work to keep rights out of the reach of their own kind. Delusional idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:58pm
  36. Whatever . . . .

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:58pm
  37. Another group of selfloathing gays who believe we deserve more oppression! Yawn!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:58pm
  38. Saw someone commented earlier at Yahoo, this is akin to “Jews for Hitler” group.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:59pm
  39. “Oxymoronic” > any LGBT person supporting a republican candidate. Yikes.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6:59pm
  40. Really are you serious you fucking idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00pm
  41. :I

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00pm
  42. they really want to go back into the closet, don’t they? real damn shame!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:00pm
  43. Wrong side of history…again! SMDH

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:01pm
  44. fuck them

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:04pm
  45. CANNIBLES!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:04pm
  46. Jews endorsing Hitler. What level of cognizant dissonance does that indicate? Sheesh.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:06pm
  47. THOSE gays give me gas.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:07pm
  48. This is a double standard to me?! I don’t get it. How can you support someone who is so openly against your civil rights?! Let alone the civil rights of others!?!?! Idiots….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:08pm
  49. They obviously have been drinking the Kool-Aid. Talk about poison to the mind, GOProud had totally lost it and have absolutely NOTHING to be proud of!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:14pm
  50. I voted for Gore and i think those computerized voting machines are jerry rigged. I understand that a few people are wealthy and don’t want to pay they’re fair share but come on! There arent that many!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:14pm
  51. conservatives run on fear that those with little are out to get everything they have.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:16pm
  52. I vote yes for the guy holding a gun to go ahead and shoot me in the face. Bout the same no?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:19pm
  53. “Stupid” is an equal-opportunity affliction.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  54. WTF???? He’s a moron!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  55. Gay is the new black these days but for some folks the old black is still black enough

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  56. i have never understood any gay person can be a member of a party who hates the very thing that makes them unique.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:30pm
  57. WTH

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:30pm
  58. Idiots! Absolutely asinine ! They bought into the snake oil salesman !

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:31pm
  59. Dafuq did I just read? Really?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:31pm
  60. Michael Equality Barber, you are right about history. And, Rmoney will have the power to order round the ups !

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:34pm
  61. Sorry… To order the round ups!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:35pm
  62. after he fired his gay staffer, they are endorsing him?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 7:37pm
  63. They weren’t even invited to the convention…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:04pm
  64. Self loathing is so unbecoming

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:13pm
  65. It’s amazing what happens when you turn a blind eye to bigotry. You actually loose a lot of your self. Very sad

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:20pm
  66. How can GOProud support a man who has signed a pledge saying he would make a constitutional amendment declaring marriage between one man and one woman?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:32pm
  67. Talk about selling your sole to the devil at a very cheap rate. A bunch of fools who don’t value themselves at all.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 8:33pm
  68. is this a cartoon? I fell like Warner Brothers sound effects should be in the background. Mitt admitted to beating up a gay kid when he was young, WTF?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 9:02pm
  69. Ummmmm…………….ok??????

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 9:07pm
  70. I wonder how many women are in GoProud.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:09pm
  71. wow what an oximoron

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:25pm
  72. “GOProud” is a SCUM organizations if there ever was one!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:29pm
  73. STUPIDITY!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:51pm
  74. I was a Republican from age 12 till GW Bush. When the Religious Right took over the party and started Gay Bashing, it was time to take my vote, my money and and party affiliation and become and Independent.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:01pm
  75. Boooo!

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 12:44am
  76. Absolutely preposterous. I guess they like money more than Human Rights.

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 4:32am
  77. wth….

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 4:52am
  78. Their Board of Directors includes Ann Coulter. I truly couldn’t care less what they endorse and Mitt will NEVER acknowledge the endorsement or meet with them. But I’m glad they’ve aligned themselves with a party whose extremists want to enclose them in an electrified fence and starve them to death. Their pursuit of happiness is taking a little different tack than mine.

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 5:03am
  79. How self loathing to you have to be to endorse someone who is against something so fundamental in your life like Same Sex Marriage / Civil Rights?

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:33pm
  80. lolwut

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 1:34pm
  81. retards

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:02pm
  82. that was smart…they endorse a guy who promises to take away all of their rights if he’s elected. More like GOPissonyourrights is what they’re doing!

    Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 7:27pm
  83. freaking log cabin republicans ..they think he’ll help their bank accounts ..how good is their job situation going to look when the polices that protect employee discrimination due to sex orientation disappear ..

    Posted on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 1:36am