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Gay Conservative Group, GOProud Announces Support for Romney

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Jun 22, 2012

Although presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't support marriage equality, the gay conservative group GOProud recently announced that they will "enthusiastically" endorse Romney, ABC News reported.

"We think that jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all 'gay issues,' and on every single one of those issues, Mitt Romney is light years better than President Obama," GOProud's executive director Jimmy LaSalvia said in a statement. He added that Romney "knows how free marks works" while Obama "is openly hostile to free market capitalism."

Even the group agrees with Romney's economic views LaSalvia says GOProud is "strongly" against the Republican's support for traditional marriage. Two GOProud board members voted against the Romney support and the organization's co-founder Christopher Barron said he will go on to support Gov. Gary Johnson who is a Libertarian running for president.

GOProud's support for the former governor of Massachusetts upset some LGBT activists, including Dan Savage, who went on a Twitter rampage and said the endorsement is "pathetic" and "ridiculous."

"The GOP's house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue... Pathetic," Savage tweeted. The sex columnist went on to say that the GOProud was "insulting to the intelligence of gay people everywhere" for an LGBT group to support Romney.

Savage adds that LGBT equality is an issue that impacts not only social issues but economic issues as well.

"Gay people like to have jobs too," Savage told ABC News. "But Romney's policies will make sure that if you are gay you can get fired from the job that you have."

LaSalvia recently appeared on the Internet news show "Young Turks" and debated with the show's host Cenk Uygor.

Uygor said that Romney would set the gay community's cause back and Romney's team hates gays but LaSalvia argued that the politician "has a long record with dealing with gay people" and that Romney believes gays "are part of America."

It was recently reported that Romney's administration blocked an anti-bullying guide in Massachusetts while he was governor of the state. Romney officials objected to the guide because it used two LGBT words: "bisexual" and "transgender."

At the time, Romney's aides said that they blocked the guide's publication because it was too long and they needed more time to review it but the Boston Globe discovered an email that indicated Romney's people really objected to the terms.

Watch the "Young Turks" clip below:


  • , 2012-06-22 08:12:06

    GOProud is a traitor to all of us GLBTs in supporting one that has promised to take away OUR Marriages!

  • , 2012-06-22 09:44:16

    Idiots. GOProud members are like a bunch of battered wives who stay with thir abusive husbands until they eventually die. How many times do these fools need to burn their hands on a hot stove before they learn not to?

  • , 2012-06-22 09:51:34

    GOProud needs to go away. You need to wake up! Obama has done a lot for the gay community, Romney not so much. OBAMA 2012!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-22 10:39:14

    Big Mitstake! This presumptuous R presidential candidate is the biggest special interest group of all.He’s just looking for a grander scale of power to feed his money hoarder ego.... You GOProud snobs need to GOHome and look for your self-respect.

  • , 2012-06-22 10:48:27

    This group doesn’t seem to have its members best interest in mind.

  • Marc , 2012-06-22 17:27:56

    Obama is bankrupting the country what’s more antigay than that.

  • , 2012-06-22 18:38:05

    These handful of rich white males is unworthy of this amount of press...

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-22 18:40:19

    Article in Advocate news says only 3 of 7 voted to endorse Mitstake Romney and one of the 3 isn’t even gay. GOProud needs to GOAway. Seriously.

  • Marc , 2012-06-22 22:39:15

    GO ROMNEY 2012!

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-22 23:39:32

    Crash & Burn Romney (Just lk

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-06-22 23:40:39

    Crash & Burn Romney 2012(Just like John Edwards)

  • ashkewoof, 2012-06-23 14:45:14

    Forget that Romney is now securely in the Koch/Tea Party extremists camp. The fact that he wants to double down on the same fiscal policies that ran our country off a cliff tells me GOProud is not a conservative group at all. Ignorant or willfully so is highly likely.

  • ktwolfman, 2012-06-23 22:01:54

    I think this group needs to realize that presidents that are antigay and want gays to be fired is messed up. They need to reevaluate who they support cause that was a bad idea in the first place.

  • nick, 2012-06-24 09:48:13

    Pathetic. Romney signed a PLEDGE to support a constitutional amendment against Gay marriage and these pathetic wannabes still want to be in his camp. NEWSFLASH: The Republicans DON’T WANT YOU on their side! Their party has chosen to support a religious conservative agenda PERIOD....GOProud is a joke amongst gays, as well as Republicans.

  • , 2012-06-24 23:27:11

    GOProud - just like sheep to slaughter.

  • , 2012-06-25 13:36:01

    Mind numbing, heart breaking and life ruining self destruction. GOProud? Go proudly where? You are GAY, Bi, Lesbian or Transgendered! The GOP accepts your vote, your money and support, but they don’t want or accept you and do not believe you have or deserve the same rights they have. Some even believe you should be jailed or put to death. Even if everything you say about President Obama were true, anything a Romney administration would bring the LGBT citizens is more exclusion and isolation. What? Are you crazy????

  • Marc , 2012-06-29 09:06:20

    To support Obama just because he is pro gay when he is destroying everything else for this country is short sited and not in the least bit well thought out. Our debt to GDP ratio is approaching bankruptcy with his foot on the gas pedal. The leaders of our allies openly dismiss him in international meetings. Our influence is vanishing internationally precisely when the world is rapidly changing. Bush didn’t have street cred but more of the leaders of our allies trusted him and worked with him than did not. Obama ought to be pro gay the way he loves bending over and taking it from Putin to no gain of the US. And, you tell me that I should be pro Obama just because he throws out a few shiney trinkets on gay topics when he has bungled every other urgent issue for my nation, hell no. My conscious and my vote does not come that cheap.

  • , 2012-07-04 14:09:15

    GoProud is like a person of color fighting on the wrong side of a Civil War. Beauty fades Dumb is Forever

  • Marc , 2012-07-05 11:23:16

    Actually, gay people voting for Obama is like a black person fighting on the confederate side of the civil war. Like the southern cause, no president has been more divisive to the nation than Obama.Gay people and our rights are a not separate island from what’s exigent to the rest of nation. We can’t float while the rest of country sinks. Happy gay life like anybody else’s involves the ability to pay the bills and fully enjoy what you have earned. And its dumb politics. Lifting DADT was favored by a majority of Republicans and passed with bipartisan votes, no filibuster. Marriage equality is favored by a majority of younger Republicans, not to mention some older Republicans like Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Dick Cheney and Ted Olsen.Speaking of Olsen, there are marriage bans all over country that will not be reversed without an appeal to Republicans who are across the board economic conservatives, but not across the board social conservatives. Gay voters don’t need to ghetto themselves on the far left to be heard. And gay rights is not a war that can won with one arm cut off.Responding to your fellow American who hasn’t understood gay causes with hatred rather than engagement under the circumstances maybe understandable passion, but it is not an application of intelligence. We can do better for America than this president. What good is Obama offering you a marriage bed, when you are loosing the house?Obama can’t come in at the last minute in an election year with a couple of opportunistic positions on gay rights and get me to ignore the rank failure of his policies on everything else that matters.As I wrote, my conscious and my vote does not come that cheap.

  • , 2012-07-05 14:54:57

    See what I mean. Sound like that crazy Preacher. Open your eyes. Dumb is forever. Obama is straighten out the mess of Republicans only caring about how to make their friends richer with ear etc. Dude You gave that fool Bush 8 years and he accomplished nothing. Except getting revenge for his father. Obama got the men 1 and 2 etc and the country is getting better Being what we truly stand for the United States of America. Romey Doenst care about the poor in his own words and hates gays minorities etc. Open your eyes and stop seeing color. They need to investigate his sons. I’m just saying lol

  • Marc , 2012-07-05 19:42:01

    When you can correctly write complete sentences in English, I might take you seriously

  • , 2012-07-06 12:59:18

    Typo My bad but war not ear You get the point. The again maybe not a slave fighting on the wrong side of a Civil war. Brain washed by people that feel like that crazy Preacher which is what they said about minorities

  • , 2012-07-07 15:47:26

    By the way I’m writing a Text not a book. Mr Editor. The Point is no one wants Willard the rat boy hiding behind Mitt.

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