GOProud Director: National Organization for Marriage Are ‘Pansies,’ ‘Wusses’

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Friday, February 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

One of the odd coincidences of CPAC is the location of the National Organization for Marriage’s booth just 20-odd feet away from the booth of GOProud, the upstart gay Republican organization. On Thursday, leaders of both groups posed for an impromptu meeting in view of CNN’s cameras, joking about the possibility of a beer summit. But on Friday morning, the National Organization for Marriage preemptively blasted GOProud in a surprisingly acid press release.

Many reporters, including Politico, have asked us how we feel about the fact GOProud is just a few booths over from us. We welcome everyone’s right to participate in the democratic process, but we have a message for GOProud on marriage: If you try to elect pro-gay-marriage Republicans, we will Dede Scozzafava them. The majority of Americans, and the vast majority of Republicans, support marriage as the union of husband and wife, and NOM is here to make sure these voters and their voices are heard loud and clear.

GOProud’s executive director Jimmy LaSalvia was furious. “When the cameras were rolling,” said LaSalvia, “they were very nice. Now that the cameras aren’t rolling, rather than walking 20 feet over to us, they fire off a news release. What kind of man can’t walk across the row to deliver a message? I just have a question for them: Who’s the pansy at CPAC? What wusses. Just come over. Don’t play nice if you’re not going to be nice.”

I told LaSalvia that in my interactions with NOM, they’ve stressed that they respect gays and gay rights. “That’s their tactic,” he said. “Bottom line, that’s what they do. They’re very nice and friendly, and they put on a pretty face, then they play in the gutter.”

I talked to Justin Haas over at the NOM booth about the CNN moment and LaSalvia’s criticism; Haas said GOProud’s embrace of gay marriage and abortion rights raised questions about the role they wanted to play in conservative politics.

“They claim they’re not funded by Tim Gill,” said Haas, referring to the gay multi-millionaire whom conservatives blame for organizing big money against pro-traditional marriage activists. “That’s why they broke away from the Log Cabin Republicans. But that doesn’t make any sense if they’re making a statement now that they’re pro-gay marriage.”

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highnumber
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

Sometimes name calling does seem appropriate, I suppose.


thefold-Chris
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

So the big bad macho conservatives couldn't stand up to the gays? They had to run and get their keyboards to kick out a scathing, and very macho, press release. Those keyboards are so tough. We should millions of keyboards to Iraq to fight those responsible for 9/11.


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ACCESSlineIOWA
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

Wouldn't the definition of “Dede Scozzafava-ing” be “Splitting the conservative votes so an even less conservative candidate can with the election?” The big tent has definitely been torn down, and NOM does not play well with others.


Democratic Voter
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

How can I support NOM in Dede Scozzafava'ing as many Republican canidates as possible? I think it's a fantastic idea!


If you are gay and politically active … « David Kirkpatrick
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[...] If you are gay and politically active … Filed under: Politics — Tags: CPAC, GOP, GOProud, Log Cabin Republicans, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, Republican Party — davidkirkpatrick @ 4:29 pm … the GOP is not for you. Really. The Republican Party platform includes explicitly anti-gay planks. I have gay friends who vote GOP for purely economic reasons, but they stay far out of the political trenches. The Log Cabin Republicans have long been relegated to bottom of the party latrine, and a new group — GOProud — joined the festivities at the latest CPAC only to get knee-capped by the National Organization for Marriage. [...]


monkey99
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

Infighting among the GOP.

Proving purity is just stressing why the GOP aren't fit to lead this country, and won't be, until they give up the extremist fringe coddling.

There are many who won't ever vote Republican, until that happens. Question is, will they? Or will they truly become a “club”? Seems more and more likely these days.


leo77
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 9:39 am

NOM raising the specter of some other group's supposedly shadowy funding?

That's as clueless as it is shameless.


smartalek
Comment posted February 21, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

@anyone from GOProud:
I'm sorry, are you suggesting you were actually expecting to be treated with *respect* by the real powers in the movement, and in the Republican Party? Really? Wow…
As you may be [belatedly -- but better late than never I suppose] starting to suspect, the Pubbies couldn't possibly care less about you — except to help them appear to the independent voter as less hateful and neanderthal than they really are. Oh, and to siphon as many as they can of your votes and $ away from the Dem's. (Though that's a secondary consideration at best. They know the vast majority of GLBT people — except for the most self-deluded of closet cases, of course — would never dream of supporting their party; and even if that weren't the case, there are way more persuadable independents than there are persuadable queers. Obviously, it's you and yours that will wind up under the bus — or at least down at the bus station restrooms.)
But actual respect — let alone any actual policy responses that might recognize, validate, and address your concerns? Please. That's clearly asking way too much. And your even suggesting the concept is — how can we best put this? — how about “uppity”? You really should know your proper places (ie, in the hairdressers', the kitchens, the no-tell motels — and the photo-ops showing off that big Pubbie tent that will never actually exist in reality) without anyone having to actually point it out to you, and it's trés gauche of you to make them address it out loud.
I guess you do deserve kudos for one thing — you appear to be a few decades ahead of the Christianists in starting to realize they're just taking you for a ride.


Bill7788
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

It seems like GOProud is trying to get into a country club that doesn't allow blacks or jews.

Just YUK.


Bill7788
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

It seems like GOProud is trying to get into a country club that doesn't allow blacks or jews.

Just YUK.


Wedding Planning Bay Area
Comment posted September 5, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

So the big bad macho conservatives couldn't stand up to the gays? They had to run and get their keyboards to kick out a scathing, and very macho, press release. Those keyboards are so tough. We should millions of keyboards to Iraq to fight those responsible for 9/11.


Udrug
Comment posted October 26, 2010 @ 8:16 am

There are many who won't ever vote Republican, until that happens. Question is, will they? Or will they truly become a “club”? Seems more and more likely these days.


Peatie
Comment posted February 5, 2011 @ 9:01 am

I was liberal on gay right 20 years ago and now I am a homophobe and I never changed, Why? Because gay rights groups changed the definition of what a homophobe is so that if you favor almost every gay rights position, but don’t believe in gay marriage because it has never existed and it is not the mission of people like myself to create rights out of thin air, this makes me now evil. Also if gay marriage destroys society, do you think gays will get better treatment from a world run by China or Russia. At any rate, if you don’t want to vote for conservatives, because of this, don’t. Also, before you knock Christians, you might find that they are like the Rangers in Lord of the Rings. No one liked them or needed them until they were gone.


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