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After years of restraint, GOProud says it supports same-sex marriage

Friday, January 18, 2013

After years of refusing to take a position on same-sex marriage, the gay conservatives group GOProud on Friday announced it supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

The announcement comes following a decision by GOProud’s Board of Directors to begin work at the state and local level.

Since its founding in 2009, GOProud has always opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) but has refrained from advocating in support of same-sex marriage. But in the statement released Friday, the group declared, “Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage.”

GOProud believes that stable, loving, committed relationships are the cornerstone of our society and should be protected and encouraged for all couples – including gay and lesbian couples. We believe that the decision about how to best do this is one that should be made at the state level and that these decisions are best made by the people directly or through their elected representatives – not by unelected judges.

Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage. Where civil unions are possible, we support civil unions. Where domestic partner benefits are possible, we support domestic partner benefits. As federalists, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach on almost any issue and that includes relationship recognition for gay couples.

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia told Buzzfeed that while the GOProud supports civil marriage for gay couples, the group’s statement simply reflects the “political reality” that same-sex couples — absent Supreme Court intervention — aren’t going to be marrying in Alabama anytime soon.

“I think many states, in the short term, will be considering civil marriage. Many states will not be. When a state considers civil marriage, we’ll support that,” LaSalvia said.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Screw goproud. They are just a bunch of self-loathing traitors. After supporting romney/ryan and still supporting the republican party anything else they support is irrelevant…

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:24am
  2. Fact is, in some places, you have to jam civil rights down peoples’ throats. How popular do you think interracial marriage was in say, Kentucky, when it was legalized everywhere in 1967 by Loving v. Virginia? We don’t have to guess, we have statistics. It was probably about 20%.
    If we’d left interracial marriage, or hell, desegregation, up to the states, it would still not be legal everywhere.
    Until the people in Mississippi and other ass-backwards states start being able to think, the federal government will have to intervene once it wises up sufficiently.
    And if you don’t like that, guess what? You’re part of the problem.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:27am
  3. Assholes. Reaping the benefits of hard-won battles fought by others.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:27am
  4. so Carl Meyers, just because they haven’t always supported the cause, we shouldn’t care that they do now? I didn’t realize some people weren’t good enough to support gay marriage. My mistake…

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:30am
  5. That almost sounds like an Onion headline.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:32am
  6. I am not impressed at all

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:35am
  7. They don’t actually support equal marriage at all.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:36am
  8. This is NOT an organization of equality. They continue to lean nearly as far right as those who persecute. We will get marriage with or without their support!! They would like to jump on the bandwagon to be on the right side of history….no thank you keep your support the LGBT community will gain our rights without organizations like this.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:40am
  9. Who’s going to tell the rest of the GOP…. Esp the Teapublicans? They are still trying to make marriage equality and GLBT right illegal!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:05am
  10. But good for them! All 12 of them! LOL!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:06am
  11. Is this akin to “Jews for Jesus”?

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:18am
  12. What kind of fucked up reasoning and statement is that? We support it where its available? WTF. These people are so limp on this issue. Over cooked pasta has more resilience!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:06pm
  13. Took them long enough but still have a long way to convince their own party to support it

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:05pm
  14. Meh, I can’t even…

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:11pm
  15. This is not equality “Where possible.” What is needed is justice everywhere. The GOP still doesn’t get it. Shame on them!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:16pm
  16. This is the biggest farce since Candide!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:23pm
  17. Fuckin’ Joke

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:29pm
  18. That’s, only because they can’t ignore us anymore! I think, it’s very curious how they’re so quick “to get, in line” now…. when they didn’t do ANYTHING to help us get here!! They need to step, to the BACK, of the line!!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:55pm
  19. Better yet…. give, your (Gay) cards back!

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:58pm
  20. BFD…does this mean they finally came out of the closet?

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:20pm
  21. Too little-too late. Its really sad that that they did it to look good politically at the last minute. If they had a pair they would have taken a stand in the beginning !

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8:18pm
  22. Congratulations GOF*ckyourselves. At least you can say you jumped on the equality bandwagon before the catholic church.

    Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 10:17pm