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.


  1. ravewulf says

    “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…

  2. Jonathan says

    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.

  3. pete says

    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.

  4. Mike says

    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!

  5. says

    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.

  6. Chad says

    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.

  7. matt says

    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”?

  8. says

    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.

  9. niles says

    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.

  10. nv3 says

    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

  11. rackt says

    Gay Rights is big government.

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

  12. Jerome says

    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.

  13. r says

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


  14. MikeInSanJose says

    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…

  15. miami says

    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…

  16. Brenda says

    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?

  17. Rowan says

    @ 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 guys… much so that the Tories wouldn’t be able to reverse ANYTHING if they tried.

  18. Bill Perdue says

    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.

  19. Rowan says

    @ 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!

  20. arch says

    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.

  21. ratbastard says

    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.

  22. Fritz says

    Why would a gay-rights group, conservative or otherwise, be “ambivalent on the issue of same-sex marriage”?

  23. George says

    How can they avoid social issues when the Tea Party leaders are Sarah Pailin, Michelle “Im in a trance” Bachman and Faux News? Cant happen! Wishful and yes delusional thinking.

  24. Fenrox says

    Nice, Well dudes, you have been heard!

    You said: “We don’t like how you haven’t repealed DOMA and DADT and we hate you because we are disappointed in you (even though you still have 2 years) so we will vote for the other guys. To send a message: We can derail, fuck up and disappoint our own rights struggle, Thank you very much.”

  25. arch says

    The only hope is thta tghe GOP will tear itself apart due ot the inherent inconsistencies in its politics and stated aims.

    In actual fact the only way for the US to get out of the bugetary mess it is in is to think the unthinkable and seriously cut military spending.

    US military spending is so large (more than the next 20 countries put together) that if it was really cut then the budget would not only start to balance but also allow resources to flow into useful things like rebuilding the infastructure and some proper tax cuts to get private enterprise going.

    Take the long view, reread what Eisenhower warned about the growth of a military/industrial complex, read gore Vidal about the militarisation of american politics and growth of empire, and read the history of imperial Spain – bankrupted by the Dutch wars they lost and then eclipsed by their former colonies.

    America is still a very rich country in every sense of the word but if military spending is not cut (why does the navy need all those aircraft carriers…) the country will go bust, and there will be nothing left to show for all of it.

    The west won the cold war twenty years ago and there is unlikely to be any big wars soon so time to cut the military.

    Of course the GOP will never sign up to this…but part of it might be persuaded to split off if they could be mae to see the sense of maybe just spending say as much as the next ten countries in the world and using the rest to fund tax cuts and some new ports and highways in their states..

  26. JM says

    GOProud & The Tea Partp..avoiding social isues? I feel ill. Who & what & most imprtamtly, with crazy nut came up with the “GOProud”?? How can a gay man/woman be sane, believing that somehow this party of nuts can get the GOP to avoid social issues – the GOP is all about social valiues. To the other’s that posted, you’re 100% correct; they are not for us, hever have been, never will be.

    Why do I have this sick feeling that the so-called “GOProud” is a GOP-non gay group? What gay would joing the GOP?

    As for Log Cabin’s, perhaps they might help re; DADT. Still, I fail to understand the true agenda.

    Unless the Senate (save McCain) takes up DADT in the lame duck, and somehow we can get 60, don’t expect DADT to pass. Looks like the courts will have do the workk, but with the 9th Circut, one way this (and Prop 8) will end up in the high court. Having said this, Do not expect the Obama Administration to do much..Can any one say ” Lip Service”?

  27. BartB says

    I don’t know much about gay Republicans because I don’t know any. Clearly there are some, they say that 31% of all gay men and women voted for Republican candidates. And actually there are a few Republican candidates I would like to vote for BUT (and baby, this is a big but…) do any of these people seem to recognize what the Republican party stands for? THEY HATE GAY PEOPLE. Let me state that again, THEY HATE (yes, HATE) GAY PEOPLE. They do not want to want gay men and women to serve openly in the military, they do not want gay families to have the same rights as straight families, and many are more obssessed with what we do in our bedrooms than any other part of our lives.

    How much clearer can this get? You vote for a Republican you are voting to be treated like a a third (not even second) class citizen. You are voting to be told to sit in the back of the bus. To drink from the crappy drinking fountain. To not have a government-recognized relationship (and then have all their spokespeople say, “See, look, they aren’t like US, we who have been divorced two adn three times, they aren’t in a real relationships, it’s only about sex.”)

    Please, someone explain to me why a gay man or woman would vote Republican for any reason when the Republican party HATES them? I just can’t wrap my head around it. If it is solely money issues…then we’ve set a price on how much a soul is worth. Because you’re selling yourself, your well being, your equality, your safety, your full acceptance as a human being for money.

    I simply cannot understand these people.

  28. mike says

    Fuck GOProud and fuck the Tea Party. I want every last damned legislator to be forced to go on record on their positions for or against LGBT civil equality.

    One more reason the GOProud assholes should be kicked to the curb. With “friends” like these, who needs enemies?

  29. Al says

    “The leaders of the Democrat party are bigots and/or bigot panderers and enablers. ”

    DEMOCRAT PARTY??! Okay, GoProud loser. Enough from you!

  30. Jerry6 says

    It is too late now. All of the Democrats and Liberals that were registered to vote, but sat on their ##### and did not vote at all put the Republicans in office. Now you have to live with what they do to all of you come January 1. Unfortionatly, we who did vote get screwed along with you. Thanks a lot.