Gay conservatives Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron are stepping down from their day-to-day roles at GOProud. Of his comments lambasting conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, Barron says, “I have one regret working here. I regret apologizing for calling her a bigot.”
“Tolerating this kind of bigotry will only serve to turn off more and more voters, and until the leadership of the RNC is willing to confront and denounce bigotry in its own ranks, they will continue to lose elections,” GOProud leader says.
Opponents of gay rights spoke to a nearly empty room, while supporters had a standing room–only crowd. “We cannot be at war with America on issues of fairness, on issues of equality,” conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin says.
The gay conservative group had avoided taking a position on the issue in the past. LaSalvia cites a need for “a truly conservative voice” to stand up for marriage equality.
GOProud says gay voters care most about the same economic issues as everyone else. Obama-endorsing Human Rights Campaign says “a tough economy is made worse for LGBT people by the lack of legal protections.”