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Gay Conservative Group GOProud Endorses Mitt Romney

Gay conservative group GOProud this morning endorsed Mitt Romney for president, pledging "significant resources" to his election:

1-Jimmy-LaSalviaSaid Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud Executive Director in a press release announcing the endorsement: 

“Most gay Americans – like their straight counterparts – are not better off than they were 4 years agoThe truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too. President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the President’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible. At this critical juncture, we need a President with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around.  Someone who knows how the free markets work – former Governor Mitt Romney is that candidate.

“Not only does President Obama not understand how the free markets work – he is openly hostile to free market capitalism. President Obama’s repeated attacks on Governor Romney’s private sector record underscore this President’s fundamental lack of understanding of how our economy works.  Instead of demonizing free markets, President Obama should be focused on creating an economic environment that encourages free market investments and creates jobs. It is clear that the ‘hope and change’ of candidate Obama in 2008, has been replaced with ‘jealousy and envy.'  Obama’s divisive attacks appeal to the absolute worst in Americans.

"The truth is that this election is too important to wait or to sit on the sidelines. We plan on spending every day between now and November working to make Obama a one term President. For far too long, the gay left in this country has been allowed to dictate what they believe qualify as ‘gay issues.’  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.

"We don’t agree with Governor Romney on every single issue – indeed we disagree strongly with him on his support for a federal marriage amendment and we have urged Romney publicly to take bolder and more conservative stances on tax reform, entitlement reform and spending."

Two board members reportedly voted against the endorsement, one of them being co-founder Chris Barron: “While I voted to endorse Governor Gary Johnson, and will continue to personally support his campaign, I understand and respect the decision of the GOProud Board . I appreciate the thoughtfulness the Board of Directors of GOProud put into this decision.”

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  1. As long as they get to be first in line when they start marching us to the gas chambers.

    Posted by: krispy | Jun 20, 2012 1:37:04 PM

  2. No amount of money saved in taxes or economic gain will ever mean more to me than the equality of my fellow man. It sickens me that these individuals don't agree.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 20, 2012 1:37:34 PM

  3. I am waiting for GOProud to endorse bigot Rob McKenna for WA governor. It will be interesting to hear their reasons for opposing Jay Inslee, who endorsed marriage equality long ago and recently sent me an email that said nothing about his own campaign, but urged me to join him in volunteering to help pass Ref 74 and approve equality.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 20, 2012 1:38:24 PM

  4. Some things in this world I am incapable of understanding - this is one of those things.

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 20, 2012 1:39:07 PM

  5. I am sure that both Gay Republicans will vote for MItt.

    Posted by: Louis | Jun 20, 2012 1:44:04 PM

  6. So far the only sad and shameful comment on this board comes from you Alan. Christian extremism is no different than Muslim extremism, except it doesn't yet have the foothold here to allow the execution of gays. Keep voting republican and that will change.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Jun 20, 2012 1:48:17 PM

  7. Alan to really understand the meaning of the word hate you might want to listen to what the GOP say and think about you. (I am taking a wild guess here that if you are reading TLRD you a gay man)
    Your utopian ideal of small government, low regulation, tax breaks for the richest ,spending cuts, austerity measures for the working class and extensive income inequality... etc exists. It's called Somalia....you really want to try that on for size ?

    Posted by: paul | Jun 20, 2012 1:48:51 PM

  8. How do these guys get laid?

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 20, 2012 1:53:51 PM

  9. "It is clear that the ‘hope and change’ of candidate Obama in 2008, has been replaced with ‘jealousy and envy.'"

    Very catty from the Prideless Prouders.

    "We don’t agree with Governor Romney on every single issue – indeed we disagree strongly with him on his support for a federal marriage amendment and we have urged Romney publicly to take bolder and more conservative stances on tax reform, entitlement reform and spending."


    "We don't agree with Governor Romney on every single issue - indeed on his support to make us even lower class citizens - but we really like the idea of being able to keep more of our money.

    If your personal equality isn't your top issue and a deal-breaker, sorry darlings, you're a big bag of self-loathing. It's not about a "difference of opinions," it's about a different level of self-respect.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Jun 20, 2012 1:54:20 PM

  10. @Alan...

    Sure, a gay man can support limited government, taxcuts, a strong national defense, etc.

    But the modern GOP hates who YOU are and they have stated it time and time and time again.

    The Christian conservatives whom you will vote for would round you up and throw you in the gas chamber in a minute if the law allowed them to do so.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 20, 2012 2:00:13 PM

  11. ALAN: So, when you say, "stick together," do you mean, according to your values or our values? Because if values are of value, one sticks by them, yes? And in your world, is it okay to disagree just as long as you keep it to yourself and don't rock the boat? If so, STFU, meant in the nicest, most unhateful way possible, of course.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 20, 2012 2:05:44 PM

  12. Oh Alan, Alan, Alan. Climb down off the cross already.

    Posted by: fedorajoe | Jun 20, 2012 2:06:01 PM

  13. "We are all gay men and we should stick together"

    Translation: We should stick together under my terms and conditions.

    "If a gay man cannot believe in limited government, low taxation without being attacked by mean and hateful gay leftists, then we have a HUGE problem"

    Here, let me try that again for you.

    If a gay man cannot believe that being denied marriage rights, denied job protections, denied the ability to serve in the military [all of which the GOP has fought tooth and nail] and the right not to be demonized by a whole party [take a guess by whom] just to get the rubes in their base to the polls and to save a few hundred bucks a year in taxes, then we have a HUGE problem.

    Fixed that for you, Alan.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 20, 2012 2:15:18 PM

  14. Alan, shame on you for supporting traitors. Goproud members are scum.
    Jamal49 said it best
    Whores. Traitors. All of them

    Posted by: Coty Smith | Jun 20, 2012 2:21:44 PM

  15. That's like being Jewish and supporting Hitler, because he'd had good intentions for the country...

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Jun 20, 2012 2:22:56 PM

  16. One cannot loathe oneself any more than support a political party that believes it is their "moral obligation" to discriminate against you in jobs, housing and public access and who does not believe you deserve protections from hate crimes... or who like the Montana GOP wanted to make the fact you exist ILLEGAL.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Jun 20, 2012 2:27:45 PM

  17. This really is not a suprise, romney will distance himself, he has to. I just can't get over the fact that the amendment is the only thing they disagree on. The possibility of DADT returning, ENDA and safe school laws. They don't disagree with him on any of these? The other thing, the gay left has dictated what is considered gay rights, where was the right? It's great that their here now but wtf. He needs to rethink that, taxes, spending and jobs are Human rights. DADT, ENDA, DOMA etc are gay rights

    Alan you certainly have a right to your opinion and vote. But being real the republican party does not believe in small government. Conservitives do but not this party. You can't dictate personal lives and personal medical decisions and say you believe in small government. True conservitives believe in personal freedom with personal responsibility with limited oversight from big brother. Romney is not a conservitive he's a republican.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jun 20, 2012 2:35:10 PM

  18. I can't stand when the right says Obama is anti-capitalist. Corporations are making records profits and their CEOs record salaries. Not to mention the appalling Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that has come to light. Conservatives won't be happy until labor practices in the United States are on par with China.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Jun 20, 2012 2:35:36 PM

  19. GOProud = TRAITORS!

    Posted by: RedOnTheGreg | Jun 20, 2012 2:36:01 PM

  20. It seems that any gay voter out there who supports anything other than the Democratic party has to remain in a political closet of sorts, lest they get mauled. Gay support of Republican candidates isn't as much of a "fringe" activity as some of you may think. 27% of gay voters chose John McCain over Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. You don't have to agree with them just like they don't have to agree with you. Though it needs to be said that many gay voters appear to simply be single-issue voters.

    Posted by: ? | Jun 20, 2012 2:37:07 PM

  21. If you read what is written the entire crux of what is on that page is about being anti-Obama and almost nothing, NOTHING about bweing pro-Romney. Because Romney's record, his history shows him to be exactly as portrayed a job-killing, flip-flopping, out-of-touch, I-got-mine wasx figure. What is there to really run on -- getting rich at the expense of others isn't much of a platform. So really all this self-hating pillow biter (mr. DeSilvia) is saying that he wants all of his inheritance to be there when fat Daddy dies of his gluttony. Oh, and he hates that he likes d*ck and is willing to never be equal as long as he can have a nice car.

    I suggest that mr. DeLaslavia will be of more use hanging around the bathrooms at the Republican National Convention to service all the closet-case, family-value Republicans than he would trying to make his feeble case and acting like there is only a few people who follow his selfish and deceitful half-truths and short-memory reality. (FYI mr. DeSilivia, your his fat Daddy would be on a bread line and you could no longer afford visits to the tanning bed if Pres. Obama hadn't pulled our economy back from devestation caused by selfish f*cks of this country like yourself. It's not the President's job to create jobs...it's business's job.)

    You may hate yourself, mr. DeSilvia, but I don't. And I am voting for my best interests. Both economically and socially. Which is why I'm voting for Obama. Oh and next time you endorse a candidate, maybe you should actually try to sell him instead of trying to rip down his opponent. But I guess when you know there's no there there, what else can you do?

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 20, 2012 2:40:55 PM

  22. Gay voters are single issue voters? Really? Seems to me that civil rights, medical choice/rights, employment protection, etc. cover a LOT of issues. The only thing the Republicans are interested in is who can provide more money for the already well off (as they prey on the fears of the ignorant to support discrimination).

    You need to rethink what "single issue" voting really means.

    Posted by: Cris | Jun 20, 2012 2:44:58 PM

  23. "How can they support someone who doesnt support them???"

    The same way gay Democrats supported Obama, who was against same-sex marriage until it became politically expedient not to be.....and supported Bill Clinton, despite his endorsement and signing of DOMA?

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 20, 2012 2:57:07 PM

  24. "How can they support someone who doesnt support them???"

    And the same way gay Democrats supported Mario Cuomo despite his campaigning for Governor with an unofficial slogan of "Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo"?

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 20, 2012 2:58:36 PM

  25. "I am sure that both Gay Republicans will vote for MItt."

    McCain got 28% of the gay vote; I would be surprised if Romney doesn't get at least 35%; and given that very few lesbians will vote for him, I would guess he will probably get about 40% of the gay male vote.

    I won't be one of those, but 40% is a lot more than 2 people.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 20, 2012 3:04:49 PM

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