Can GOProud Really Be “Proud”?

“Super Tuesday” is one week away and I suspect that after the 437 delegates are awarded, one or two of the four major Republican candidates running for President will be dropping out of the race.  But, today, voters in Arizona and Michigan will be heading to the polls.  If you believe polls, Michigan will be a tight race with the slight edge given to Mitt Romney and in Arizona, Romney looks to be the easy winner.

Three of the four candidates are working very hard to court and date the “religious right”.  Oh wait, that might be politically incorrect.  Romney, Rick Santorum, and womanizer Newt Gingrich are working hard to court and date “conservatives”.  That is, until they get the GOP nomination and you’ll see a very quick moderation in their views in an attempt to defeat President Barack Obama in November.

GOProud is an organization that represents conservative gays, lesbians, transgendered people, and their allies.

While I am not, I have gay friends that are conservative.  Oh, I don’t want to confuse you, I’m not conservative (unless it comes to the environment)!

For the most part, I’m not a fan of GOProud.  It was formed by two former Log Cabin Republicans who were not happy with the organization’s centrist political views.

GOProud believes that same-sex marriage is a state issue, but they believe that everybody should be equal under the law.  I totally disagree with the “state issue” part.  The Defense of Marriage Act needs to be repealed now!

In the fall of 2010, GOProud released a commercial, “The Real Democrats of Washington, D.C.”, specifically criticizing openly gay Representative Barney Frank, as well as Senator Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  It became the first gay rights organization to release a campaign commercial against Democrats.

I really don’t have a problem if someone is conservative and gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered, black, white, Asian, Indian, rich, poor, short, tall, overweight, ugly, or gorgeous, as long as they are not working to deny me equal civil rights.

GOProud has fallen in bed (not literally) with former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, U.S. Nevada Senate Republican nominee Sharron Angle, and crazy homophobe Ann Coulter (she doesn’t support marriage equality and says that marriage is not a civil right).

GOProud and I are on the same side with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) and blasting GOP candidate Rick Santorum because he says he would reinstate “DADT” if he’s elected President.

However, there’s a lot of turmoil going on inside the GOProud camp and rightly so.  For the most part, the group lives in a fantasy world when it thinks that the Republicans and the right-wing will embrace them with open loving arms.

This was very apparent earlier this month at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) gathering in Washington D.C. when GOProud poster child presidential candidate Romney said that he prevented Massachusetts from becoming “the Las Vegas of gay marriage”.

GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia was disappointed with that comment.  “We are deeply disappointed with Governor Romney’s speech at CPAC today.  Instead of simply saying that he opposed gay marriage, Romney instead chose to play to the ugliest and most divisive impulses in this country. If he thinks this is the way to appeal to Tea Party conservatives who have reservations about his candidacy, he is dead wrong.”

Cry me a river, GOProud.


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