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GOProud And Tea Party Urge Republicans To Avoid Social Issues

Politico has learned that GOProud has joined forces with the Tea Party and written a letter addressed to both current House Minority Leader John Boehner, who is expected to be the next House Speaker, and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell asking for Republicans to avoid focusing on social agendas.

The gay conservative group's Executive Director as well as its Chairman of the Board, Christopher Barron, have both signed the letter along with openly lesbian talk show host Tammy Bruce and several group leaders of the national Tea Party movement.

The letter, which will be officially released tomorrow, reads in part:

Christopher The Tea Party movement is a non-partisan movement, focused on issues of economic freedom and limited government, and a movement that will be as vigilant with a Republican-controlled Congress as we were with a Democratic-controlled Congress.

This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue, nor should it be interpreted as a political blank check.

Already, there are Washington insiders and special interest groups that hope to co-opt the Tea Party’s message and use it to push their own agenda – particularly as it relates to social issues. We are disappointed but not surprised by this development. We recognize the importance of values but believe strongly that those values should be taught by families and our houses of worship and not legislated from Washington, DC.

Politico delves into the marriage of GOProud and the Tea Party:

The alliance underscores many of the tensions and divisions in the freewheeling, leaderless tea party movement. While GOProud is ambivalent on the issue of same-sex marriage, it does openly advocate the repeal of the military's"Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy - something some of the letter's tea party signatories disagreed strongly with.

Tea Party Patriots Maine coordinator Andrew Ian Dodge said that pushing DADT repeal would be a distraction from fiscal issues like deregulation and lowering taxes and he hopes that the letter also reminds GOProud of this fact. "It is a little bit of a distraction," said Dodge about the possible repeal of DADT. "Why divide our forces?"

Ultimately, the tea party forces sympathetic to the GOProud letter said they just want to focus on fiscal issues, even if they personally hold socially conservative views.

Barron hopes to have more Tea Party signatures after the letter's official unveiling in the morning.

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  1. "The Tea Party movement is a non-partisan movement"
    Excuse me while I laugh my ass off at that statement. It also kills me that none of them can see that deregulation is what got us into this mess in the first place. And lowering taxes will [i]really[/i] help our country too, just as it has for the past nine years or so. How else could we best put this country in a financial melt down?

    The company you keep, GOProud...

    Posted by: ravewulf | Nov 14, 2010 9:24:22 PM

  2. GOLoud is a group of delusional queers who think their conservatism will result in acceptance.

    You're queer, the social conservatives hate you and will never align themselves, either publicly or socially, with you for that reason. PS - the TEA party is just the same ultra conservatives who hated us last year and will continue to hate us for the coming years as well.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Nov 14, 2010 9:25:38 PM

  3. I've long asserted that if the Repubs figure out how to let go of the social issues & really focus on less gov't, the Dems will be screwed...

    I'm scared & intrigued by the T-baggers; some are craZy, some actually focused on reducing debt, but no matter how you look at it, they've got both parties by the ballz in DC.

    Posted by: pete | Nov 14, 2010 9:29:19 PM

  4. Delusional behaviour from American Queerdom's reigning Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Tone | Nov 14, 2010 9:34:59 PM

  5. Excuse me? Not concentrate on social issues is suppose to be a good thing? DADT should have been a slam dunk; and the arguments against marriage equality are idiotic. I'm not satisfied with the status quo - we need our basic rights and I'm tired of waiting. Let the republicans rant and rave about the evil gays....that will just show the rest of the country how ridiculous they are... time is on our side!

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 14, 2010 9:40:44 PM

  6. The next item I want to read about these KAPOS is their obituaries.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 14, 2010 10:48:46 PM

  7. I ask again, has one REPUBLICAN spoke out against hate? About the teen suicides? GOProud and the Log Cabin Republican's are delusional if they think that the bigoted Republican Party will accept them. NOT ONE LEADER of the Republican Party has condemned bullying or hate against gays. I hope the youth, who see this, realize that the Republican party does not care about them. Just like stalwart John McCain on DADT, they lie and backpedal. Change their stance where it suits them. Democrats are not much better with the exception that they are weak. They make promises then back down.

    Posted by: CB | Nov 14, 2010 10:53:09 PM

  8. GOProud are a bunch of FOOLS. They just signed a letter basically saying not to act on these social issues in Washington, meaning to leave things as status quo. Do they even realize this is what this argument from the Tea Party is?? The Tea Party just convinced GOProud to agree that there shouldn't be progress on these issues. Idiots.

    Posted by: Chad | Nov 14, 2010 11:04:56 PM

  9. 1. Ralph King's comment about Boston Harbor has to be the stupidest things I've heard in a while.

    2. GOProud confuses me. I mean seriously, half of the platform they allegedly advocate (as detailed on their website) concerns "social issues". What delusional idiots publish a platform and then turn around and say "actually, we'd like you to ignore most of that, and while you're at it we'd like to stay oppressed, thank you very much"?

    Posted by: matt | Nov 14, 2010 11:27:55 PM

  10. I've heard this strategy before by Joe Scarborough on "Morning Joe". Conservative should leave social issues alone (gay rights, abortion, etc) until AFTER the elections.

    Once the GOP takes power, then they can begin paying back the religious right for their support.

    Well, that seems to have worked. Let's see what they do once they control Congress in January.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Nov 14, 2010 11:41:47 PM

  11. These people might as well be baying at the moon. The genie is out of his bottle, and he's ready to do his evil thing - namely, go after the queers. This new batch of haters is more than anxious to establish their theocracy in the good ole US of A.

    Posted by: niles | Nov 15, 2010 12:00:07 AM

  12. anyone who falls for this is a fool
    the GOP is an evil organization - both of these groups are FRONTS to get dupes to support candidates that want to destroy the middle class of America

    any gay man that supports these efforts is selfish and thoughtless to the extreme

    Posted by: nv3 | Nov 15, 2010 1:00:30 AM

  13. Gay Rights is big government.

    The letter lacks the most important tea partier leader/humble house wife's signature. It's irrelevant.

    Posted by: rackt | Nov 15, 2010 1:08:08 AM

  14. Crap in one hand, and wish in the other, and see which hand fills up first. Mr. Barron either needs meds, or forgot to take them, if he really believes he can find common ground here. If he does, I'll have what he's having, please.

    Posted by: Jerome | Nov 15, 2010 2:33:00 AM

  15. that way lcr can continue to be critical solely of obama rather than the repub senators that refuse to overturn dadt


    Posted by: r | Nov 15, 2010 2:45:27 AM

  16. Oh, this should be good.

    Wake me when the republicans agree to ditch their entire re-election strategy because the targets of that strategy (who also happen to be members of the same party) asked them really, really nicely to...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Nov 15, 2010 3:04:51 AM

  17. GoProud ... "issue" queens.

    Posted by: FunMe | Nov 15, 2010 4:03:59 AM

  18. Really the worst thing about these right wing gay groups is their bias against fem, trans, and "queer" members of the community. They are sooo ready to push these people off the boat so that they can reach the pardise island of the rich, white and str8 acting...

    Posted by: miami | Nov 15, 2010 4:06:01 AM

  19. Why are the hypocrisies of GOPnotsoproud news?

    Why do the Log Cabin Republicans only focus on denigrating President Obama instead of castigating the overwhelming Republican Senators who are against DADT?

    Why doesn't report on those Republican senators that are against DADT and holding it up?

    Why doesn't this site and others put the same kind of pressure on these Republican senators as they did in berating President Obama for two years?

    Posted by: Brenda | Nov 15, 2010 4:26:55 AM

  20. @ Brenda

    So many questions! I've stopped trying to unfpderstand you gay americans. The gays in the UK or even Europe aren't unified but we damn well are smart enough to have worked with the Labour party to make sure we got these rights in the UK. We never once turned on them like you much so that the Tories wouldn't be able to reverse ANYTHING if they tried.

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 15, 2010 4:47:53 AM

  21. Depending on Republicans to help us is almost as delusional as depending on Democrats.

    DOMA and DADT are bipartisan laws signed by Clinton. Neither party is interested in repealing them or passing ENDA.

    The leaders of the Democrat party are bigots and/or bigot panderers and enablers. Republicans are just as bad.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Nov 15, 2010 5:04:06 AM

  22. @ bill perdue

    Who passed the Matthew Shepard act? Who made it possible for gays to visit ther partners in hospital? How many democrats in power NOT presidency has pushed for gay rights and how many republicans in power have pushed for gay rights?

    I know you're addled and coming from Europe where we appreciate socialism I find you irrational and obsessed with just your own agenda. This is nothing like the socialists I know who actually vale to form an opinion without being so self obsessed and wrong.

    But to be fair, you are the other end of the spectrum to goproud, so its no surprise that you have the opinions that you do.

    As a black gay person I know which side my bread is buttered! And on like you I care about other people and how their lives are affected

    You're probably wondering why barely any non Americans comment on these sites now, it's because you guys are so crazy you can't have a reasonable conversation.

    Why you can't wait for DADT to be passed in an objective manner says a lot as you guys are so war and destruction hungry.

    Lol, you see? I too can make sweeping statements about a whole country load of people!

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 15, 2010 6:36:31 AM

  23. Christopher Barron is HOT!

    Posted by: True Words | Nov 15, 2010 8:17:59 AM

  24. I honestly think that despite al the best hopes expressed about the continued growth of gay rights in the US the currect political situation looks very bad indeed.

    The teaparty looks a lot like a socially conservative movement to me. All the clever wishful thinking about it being a fiscal conservatism movement will not do away with the fact that most of its grass roots members are almost certainly God fearing social conservatives. The God brigade in the GOP in Washington know this and will outflank any attempt by the "interlectual leaders " of the teaparty to keep it way from social issues.

    My money is on the socaily conservative wing of the GOP pulling off a reverse takeover of the teaparty and turning its support to their own ends.

    The bible belt republicans will not surrender control of the GOP that easily to an organisation like the Teaparty htta they rightly suspect is full of socla conservatives. It will be the fical stuff that will be abandonded not the social agenda.

    Yax abd big govt. soon bores folk, bible stuff like gays and abortion does not.

    Posted by: arch | Nov 15, 2010 8:50:53 AM

  25. Arch is right about the bible belt Republicans. They still control the party apparatus. And they will manage to blow off [no pun intended] more mainstream and centralist Republicans from outside the bible belt. This really is a very divided country in more ways than one. Even in blue states elections are often decided on razor thin margins.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 15, 2010 9:18:43 AM

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