Gay Conservative Group GOProud Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Gay conservative group GOProud has never officially backed marriage equality, until today.

LasalviaChris Geidner reports:

"We support same-sex marriage, civil marriage," GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia said.

The move follows a decision by the GOProud board earlier this month to expand the group's mission to include state-level work. It also comes after, LaSalvia noted, the re-election of a president who supports same-sex couples' marriage rights, while some in the Republican Party are urging their party to reassess their position on the issue.

Since its founding in 2009, GOProud has always opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling the law a "federal power grab," but it avoided the underlying issue of marriage rights. In the course of a 285-word statement provided to BuzzFeed on "marriage and relationship recognition" being released publicly Friday, though, the group declares, "Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage."

GOProud's Jimmy LaSalvia told Geidner that the group will be forming individual efforts in the states, and that is why they've decided to weigh in on the issue:

The group, which he said had nearly a $350,000 budget in 2012 that came from about 500 donors, is starting off by supporting the marriage equality bills in Illinois, Minnesota and Rhode Island. Asked about the bills, LaSalvia said the group support them, noting, "Where it is being considered and where it is possible, we support it and we're going to be there."

Here's the group's statement:

Since our founding, GOProud has worked exclusively on federal issues. Because marriage has been a state issue since the founding of our country, we have had no official position on marriage or relationship recognition. We have supported, and continue to support, the repeal of DOMA, and we oppose any effort to federalize marriage though a constitutional amendment. Now that GOProud's Board of Directors has voted to begin work on the state and local level, we believe it is important to lay out our principles when it comes to marriage and relationship recognition.

GOProud believes that stable, loving, committed relationships are the cornerstone of our society and should be protected and encouraged for all couples – including gay and lesbian couples. We believe that the decision about how to best do this is one that should be made at the state level and that these decisions are best made by the people directly or through their elected representatives – not by unelected judges.

Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage. Where civil unions are possible, we support civil unions. Where domestic partner benefits are possible, we support domestic partner benefits. As federalists, we do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach on almost any issue and that includes relationship recognition for gay couples.

We are firmly committed to winning hearts and minds, which is why we understand that not everyone who doesn't support marriage for gay couples is automatically a bigot or homophobe. We understand that there are people of deep faith who may have religious objections to marriage. We respect those differences and believe that no church or religious institution should ever be force to solemnize a marriage that is against its teachings.

As you may recall, during the last election cycle LaSalvia called gay marriage a "distraction" issue as he made the media rounds pumping the group's support for Mitt Romney.


  1. Gigi says

    Did Prissy Barron marry his husband in a state that got marriage equality “at the hands of judicial activists?” The answer is yes. These queens give me gas.

  2. Will says

    How come before the election none of these conservative gay groups were actually for marriage equality and were willing to vote for an idiot? Suddenly after the election they all come out in favour…what did I miss?

  3. Alex Parrish says

    Does it mean these self-loathing homo-sexualles are finally gaining some self-acceptance or is it just another convenient political stance? They see which way the wind is blowing and amble to get in front of it.

  4. says

    that was more vague than Jodie Foster…

    curious to see what specifics on a state level they’ll be doing.

    and whether they’ll criticize the money being waste defending DOMA by the GOP.

    “which is why we understand that not everyone who doesn’t support marriage for gay couples is automatically a bigot or homophobe.”

    translation: don’t worry, we’re still incapable of standing up for the truth!

  5. anon says

    All these groups put out statements to maximize their funding potential. I guess they feel marriage is a winning issue. Since many live in DC, they can already get married.

  6. Steven Jaeger says

    We come out for marriage, benefits, civil unions, whatever is cool. Well, isn’t just stoopid. What about the equal protection under the 14th Amendment. If one state allows marriage and it’s not allowed next door, who’s to stop the next state from denying benefits that originate from the feds, such as SS survivor, or medicare/medicaid despite a valid license. THAT is a FEDERAL MATTER which needs to enforce a marriage license duly approved by one state is then valid in all states; the removal of DOMA is the first step. Which is what GOProud claims to be looking at. But to put in the crap about whatever floats their boat is cool by us says they are NOT ready for any support. More lap dogs trying to eat the crumbs dropped by the rich old white men. They need to get up off their hands and knees and start acting like men and full fledged citizens and demand complete removal of DOMA, complete transference of all marriage licenses to all states, and respect for their gay fellows (I’m including all in that statement.

  7. Stefan says

    I’m curious how they justify having the word “Proud” in their name. LaSalvia and GOProud aren’t late to the party–they’re staying at the same lame party they’ve been at for years, no matter how they parse it. If you’re a “federalist” gay then that simply means that state rights trump civil rights, period. It means one of two things. Either you could care less about the idea of basic civil rights in the federal Constitution (and would probably have supported allowing some states to keep slavery on the books, for example). Or you simply don’t think people who have an LGBT identity count as a suspect class when considering equal protection, or that marriage and family-making aren’t fundamental rights. Both viewpoints are not acceptable as “gay rights” positions.

  8. Rick says

    It is so obvious from these comments how terrified Democrats and the Far Left are by the possibility that the Republican Party will at some point drop its homophobic stances……and by do doing will be able to attract a majority of gay men to its side, which could swing the electoral majority back to their side for some time to come.

    Gay men are actually a natural constituency for Republicans–most are affluent and would benefit from Republican economic policies and many would like to leave a Democratic Party that has become so overtly hostile to white males, where their white maleness increasingly makes them stand out like sore thumbs at any Democratic Party function.

    It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next decade or two.

  9. says

    the GOP won’t be dropping their anti-gay policies any time soon, nor their anti-Choice policies, because those are the two emotional wedge-issues that they need in order to convince their base to vote against their own socioeconomic best interests, every blood year, every bloody election.

    if the GOP is no longer anti-gay, or anti-Choice, then they’ll be forced to…you know…talk frankly and honestly about their economic policies.

    and anyone who has a functioning brain knows the GOP can’t tell their base exactly what their economic policies are, and what their impact will be.

    “SO, uh, vote for us! Your healthcare costs won’t go down, and you’ll probably pay a higher tax rate than wealthy people. but we promise to stop those lesbians from getting married in your church while also giving your daughters abortions!”

    how come we never see GOProud members and their families talking about the beauty of loving and celebraing LGBT Diversity?

    where are GOProud Parents? Where is the “we love our gay kids” republican angle?

    GOProud will be a great resource for insecure white boys with no testicles. Like a coffee-klatch, only they drink poison, while waiting for it to poison Liberals.


  10. BETTY says

    “It is so obvious from these comments how terrified Democrats and the Far Left are by the possibility that the Republican Party will at some point drop its homophobic stances……” RICK: thanks for the biggest laugh of the day! It’s obvious you must be a GOProud member. Republicans have a better chance of cozying up to Obama before they ever entertain the thought of inviting us homo’s into their tent. Funny Rick, freakin funny!

  11. says

    If anyone is “terrified,” it’s the Republican party and the idiots of GOProud: they are being forced to come to terms with the fact that their anti-gay, anti-women, anti-middle-class, anti-immigrant policies have no future. And they will have to change or become obsolete. As for attracting sane gay men to their side, they have a long long way to go before any self-respecting gay person would vote for a party whose mainstream is no better on gay rights now than it was decades ago. And inequality happens to be very expensive for gay people, a little tidbit the GOProud boys are too delusional to grasp.

  12. ty says

    These guys are like the Catholic league. One or two whiny white supremacists, speaking as if their opinion matters….F you goproud, you have Munchhausen syndrome

  13. Duration & Convexity says

    Rick IS LaSalvia. Observe his comments and they MIRROR LaSalvia’s past quotes to a tee. He is them. And they are E-V-I-L. In every sense of that word.

  14. says

    Go away you pieces of sh-t…we liked you better when you were proudly self loathing. For gay marriage? Please. You’re Nazis dressed in sheep clothing.

    GOPROUD need to constantly be exposed for the crazy that they are

  15. jamal49 says

    Too little. Too late. Why didn’t GoProud support marriage equality before this? I guess Jimmy LaSalvia knew that you can’t be a player in the game of gay advocacy with only 9 or 10 members.

    See, I’ve met you Jimmy. I know you. You are still are snarky, petty, vile, self-hating little prick and no amount of marriage-equality advocacy will ever change those facts.

  16. says

    remember when LaSalvia pretended he was attacked by “black youths” and then he mimed reaching for an imaginary gun?

    hilarious. i wish the story was true. and i wish the non-existent “black youths” were identified, so i could send them a bottle of Veuve.

  17. mmike1969 says

    Like most stupid repukes, members of the gop (gay or str8) have always been behind the times and have been living in a bubble of denial.

    Welcome to the party. A bit late but welcome.

  18. mmike1969 says

    Like most stupid repukes, members of the gop (gay or str8) have always been behind the times and have been living in a bubble of denial.

    Welcome to the party. A bit late but welcome.

  19. Diogenes Arktos says

    I’m not sure what to make of Andy’s title and lead sentence. I think they’re true strictly in the sense that GOProud supports marriage equality only after it’s been approved by virtue of other people’s work. And in what universe does marriage equality really mean anything unless it’s EQUAL? They can stick their interpretation of their precious notion of federalism up their @sses!

  20. DC Arnold says

    Gloms Onto Penises need not be proud but needs to remember that old white men are a dying electorate as well as the Repugs who insist on stopping progress because acceptance of a Black president is still anathema to them.

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