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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.

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  1. 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

    Posted by: ty | Jan 18, 2013 8:48:42 PM


  2. 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.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Jan 19, 2013 1:04:12 AM


  3. 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

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jan 19, 2013 1:05:36 AM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 19, 2013 3:31:01 AM


  5. 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.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 19, 2013 12:24:36 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 19, 2013 2:17:53 PM


  7. 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.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 19, 2013 2:17:54 PM


  8. 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!

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 19, 2013 10:25:07 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Jan 20, 2013 5:18:16 PM


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