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GOProud Founders Discuss Rejection from CPAC, Why They Support Anti-Gay Candidates: VIDEO


On CNN's Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin, GOProud co-founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron came on to discuss their rejection from CPAC and why they're devoted to a party and movement that rejects them because they're gay.


The rest of the conversation, which gets cut off, went like this:

BANFIELD:  Here's the thing that gets confusing to some people who might be watching right now.  And that is, I mean, I don't want to be so foolish to say, gee, how can a gay group be conservative since there seems to be competing messages?

But I will tell you this, I got a release from you guys back in January 27 saying after last night's Republican debate one thing is clear, any one of the four remaining GOP presidential candidates would be a dramatic improvement over the failed presidency of Barack Obama.

So any one of the four would include Rick Santorum and wow, I think a lot of gay people who don't belong to your group would be astounded by that comment because here's one of the comments that in 2003, Rick Santorum made about gay people and gay rights, et cetera. And I’ll read directly, "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual gay sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have to right to adultery, you have the right to anything." I remember when that blew up big for the senator and I think that led to the inability to Google Rick Santorum's name without seeing a lot of really gross stuff.  How do you guys reconcile this?  How do you say he's better than Barack Obama when he says this specifically about you?

BARRON:  Well, let's be clear.  First off, we strongly disagree with what Rick Santorum said there.  Those comments are absolutely outrageous.  Secondly, Rick Santorum is not going to be the nominee of this party. I know that the mainstream media and some in the party want to continue the charade that there is a horse race going on here.  Rick Santorum is not even on the ballot.

BANFIELD:  He's won three states.  He swept them with huge numbers.

BARRON:  John McCain lost 19 states, 17 of those after he won in South Carolina and Florida and his nomination was never in question. The bottom line is the only candidate who has a national organization that can win this primary is Mitt Romney.  I mean, we can continue to pretend that there's a horse race and I know that the media wants to pretend like there's a horse race.

BANFIELD:  Let me give you that.  Let me give you that one, guys.  That's Rick Santorum.  Now the other candidates as well that you're supporting also support the idea that gays shouldn't serve in the military. And they also support the idea that there should be a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriage in this country.  That doesn't seem like it's in sync with what you would want in your candidate?

LASALVIA:  That's not exactly true.  Ron Paul doesn't support the constitutional amendment and even Mitt Romney went so far so say it's not likely.  That particular proposal has lost support ever since it first failed in Congress in 2004. The reality is, we're all living in this Obama economy.  Gay people are living in the Obama economy, too.  And we've got to come together.  Gay and straight, liberal and conservative, and fire the president. That's what we have to do as is a country.  We have to look at who is best positioned and best able to do that.  And to fix the problems that everyone, including gay people care about, those kitchen table issues that everyone is worried about right now.

 BARRON:  And the left would have you believe that the only thing that gay people care about is military service and marriage.  And while those are important issues, the fact is, is that gay people care about things like the economy and jobs and retirement security.

BANFIELD:  I appreciate it.  Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron, I could go on for a whole lot longer and I do appreciate you guys coming to talk to us today.

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  1. Log Cabin and GoProud types are more concerned with their damn money...which they mistakenly think protects them somehow.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Feb 10, 2012 12:15:17 PM

  2. What ERNIE wrote. +1

    And the rest of these comments are spot-on, too. I'm waiting for the defenders to come forward...

    No, not really. They're pretty much indefensible. So spare us.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 10, 2012 12:17:47 PM

  3. it's just TEXTBOOK - these two sad reluctant homosexuals are so desperate for the approval of the prejudiced people who they've been brought up with that they don't realize how OBVIOUS their reactionary insecure stances are.

    video one.

    video two.

    GOProud, summed up.

    The intellectual dishonesty is simply this - to suggest that the only thing the Dems have, that the Repubs don't, is a "gay marriage" thing is UTTER NONSENSE.

    It has nothing to do with gay marriage, in fact, and everything to do with the sheer simple reality that the GOP condones, promotes and indeed CREATES galling anti-gay myths and prejudices and uses them to influence the plebeian masses of their base - all of whom have no idea what "foreign policy" means or what "fiscal plans" are. truly.

    the GOP base? no idea whatsoever about anything to do with Jobs or taxes. but they sure do know they hates them some gays!

    GOProud: white moneyed homosexual males born into racist families, and anti-gay families - these boys have to "hate liberal gay leftist stereotypes", vocally, in order to remind and convince their chosen GOP buddies that they're worthy of tolerance.

    not love. not acceptance. not understanding.

    Barron is married. He was happy to reap the rewards of the work done by Gay Leftists and Democrats. Then he gives his usual crap.

    Why? *drumroll please*
    Another white homosexual Christian who has to hate "gay stereotypes" in order to apologize to his daddy for being gay.

    hate me all you like - you know i'm right about this.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 12:38:37 PM

  4. in short:

    "Why does GOProud exist?"

    -"well, Ashleigh, you see we were born into Republican voting families that dont' like gays or blacks, and there's an unfortunate downfall to being gay in that any and every leap made by the gay communities has been done by liberal progressives. So you see, that poses a problem for us gays born into Conservative homes, because we're raised to Hate liberals and hate gays, even though we're gay, and liberals are the only people who've ever politically done anything for gay people. So, we started GOProud as a way for us white moneyed gay boys to get together - this way we can stand strong and show our families that we can be gay and not demand Equality. We can be gay, and still racist, and still anti-gay, and suck up to every baseless and bigoted whim that our party promotes. We have to hate liberal gays because if we don't our parents won't let us sit at the Big Kid's table for dinner.

    Just like how GOP women are the most anti-woman women in the country"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 12:49:35 PM

  5. p.s. the left cares about ENDA.

    Jobs. Housing. GOProud? no need for ENDA - they're rich white boys who cut off their balls so as not to "threaten" the white anti-gay bigots with whom they choose to associate.

    this is also why they harbor their barely-veiled racist sentiments: the easiest way for a cowardly gay man to suck up to Republicans is to insult the black and latino communities. which these wimps do every bloody day.

    curious: this guy in the video...he hates "gay stereotypes"... Mary, PLEASE!

    if this guy doesn't consider himself a stereotypical queen then what in the name of God is his basis for comparison? LOL!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 12:52:51 PM

  6. I thought Barron fell on his sword after outing a Rick Perry staffer.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 10, 2012 1:08:19 PM

  7. Gay Republicans only care about two things: money and preserving their white race.

    Posted by: Trust | Feb 10, 2012 1:19:35 PM


    check. mate.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 1:26:16 PM

  9. Their has to be a psychological term for people that really love others who hate them. GOProud loves the conservative CPAC movement that hates them, but I guess my question is why? How do you reconcile the 2 opposing forces? I just don't get it... Am I missing something?

    Posted by: Javier | Feb 10, 2012 2:16:50 PM

  10. They haven't formed a boycott --- uhm, fellas, how can you boycott an event where you aren't invited?????? And besides, you two not going to CPAC really won't devestate them. Quite honestly if you had any sense you would have said you were boycotting them BEFORE they told you not to show up.

    And second, all those things you think Republicans "care" about other than stamping out the rights and liberties of ALL Americans, you know, jobs, the economy...are exactly WHY I'm voting for Obama again and not someone who will only look out for the 1%.

    Go back 8 years boys and look at the surplus we had...before the Republican president left us with a 10 trillion dollar deficit as well as in a recession. We've climbed out...thank you, Mr. President. And it could have been a lot worse. Republicans only worry about THEIR money, THEIR profit. Sorry, I actually believe America is for everyone, socially and economically.

    And lastly, you two selfish, stupid, squirrelly looking mofos should have someone cut your hair, you look like those creepy boys at a prep school that wait around the bathroom, hoping someone will give them a nod so you can go in and blow them.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 10, 2012 2:28:11 PM

  11. we don't want them at CPAC. the last time they were there their "presence" was nothing more than wimpy white boys complaining about "those liberal gays" and then saying "we think issues like marriage should be up to the States". followed by admissions that they do not work on a State-level whatsoever.

    it's a "don't hate us, we hate liberal gays, too!" club.

    p a t h e t i c

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 10, 2012 2:30:17 PM

  12. "1960s ... blacks discuss rejection from KKK annual convention, why they support KKK candidates."

    Those guys IDIOTS! They sound like they are into S&M and love all the pain people who hate give them. Unbelievable! But no surprising especially given things that WIERD JAW guy has been saying. Did he not get love from his family?

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 10, 2012 2:46:59 PM

  13. Ok, now that Mitt Romney, the only candidate who can win the nomination according to them, has told CPAC he will personally, as president, seek a Constitutional Amendment banning marriage equality, will CNN invite these 'tards back on for the obvious follow-up?

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 10, 2012 2:59:05 PM

  14. It's all about money. The only reason they show their gay identity is to try and make some point that gay men have been "mislead" to the Democratic party, I myself am an independent. They are those typical people who have to hate things for the fact that other people do it despite how much it doesn't make sense. It's either that or it's purely money. Which is stupid because economies thrive under progressive policies. They should take their smug conservative faces back to Econ 101. I don't want to be harsh but it frustrates me they these individuals continue to thrive on carving out a political divide in our community when we should focus on our equality for all and for others which is why our community embraced progressive view in the first place. Can't say that about the GOP which continues to embrace the view that we are anti-family and will continue to run right with the likes of Santorum and Romney.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Feb 10, 2012 7:54:24 PM

  15. "Cows for Burger King"
    (per John Fugelsang tweet)

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | Feb 10, 2012 7:59:53 PM

  16. Nobody wants you there!!! Gay traitors!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey Dunivant | Feb 11, 2012 7:50:36 AM

  17. All the Republican candidates are anti-gay! Who are you kidding?!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey Dunivant | Feb 11, 2012 7:53:49 AM

  18. Jimmy talks out of the side of his mouth, I just can't trust him. Don't ask me why....syke! The so-called christ-like conservatives ARE unified. They are unified against any one or any thing that is not like them or does not espouse their
    And speaking of charades, what is goproud?

    Posted by: billmiller | Feb 11, 2012 9:14:20 AM

  19. The GOP wants you dead. You might as well just lie down for them.

    Posted by: tattoojay99 | Feb 11, 2012 10:31:08 PM

  20. The thing is, if GOProud's continued riding on the coat-tails of the Republican party relies of the benefits their so-called conservative ideals, they're barking up the wrong tree.

    DADT: The repeal allowed increased membership in the U.S. military. Score for conservative militarism, yet most Republicans fought it tooth and nail.

    Marriage Equality: Granting equal marriage rights would also mean equal taxing on same-sex marriage, ergo tax equality. It also allows for cottage industries catering specifically to same sex marriages. It's a plus for catering, wedding planning, CAKES, vacation deals, greeting cards and many others. Score for pro-business capitalism, yet nearly all Republicans reject the very idea of marriage equality.

    ENDA would be a boon to the economy by providing an increased diversity of jobs throughout the workplace. Score again for capitalism. Insert hearty round of derision from the Republicans here.

    In short, today's Republican's in general don't support their own conservative ideals. All they're left with is pandering to the "religious" right and racists.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Feb 12, 2012 12:22:12 PM

  21. you

    Posted by: j | Apr 22, 2012 2:36:23 PM

  22. You guys are seriously pretty pathetic. Gay marriage is not equality. You do realize that some of us are Christians (not that all Christians believe gay marriage is wrong) and have objections to gay marriage, even if we are gay. It's not being a biggot to not agree with gay marriage, its called having your own mind. Something the Obama administration seriously doesnt like. I used to be a democrat (hardcore liberal kind) until I grew up and saw what Obama was doing to my country. I love this country, scars and all, and I cant stand it when people (like Obama) denegrate and apologize for it. Im 16 now and I've got more common sense than all you. It's time you grow up. The GOP isnt trying to stop us from being in the army, they just don't want us talking about it. They're right! We shouldn't be discussing our sexual orientation in the army. GOProud is an amazing organization which has helped smash the stereotype that all gays are girly liberal hippies who want the govt to step in and protect them. Some of us still have some nads.

    Posted by: michael | Apr 22, 2012 2:43:22 PM

  23. hey "Michael" - PROVE you have "nads".

    surely you're a brave young conservative who knows how to make a youtube video. after all, you "have nads" and clearly nothing to hide.

    so let's see ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 22, 2012 2:54:23 PM

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