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New Organization Launched For Gay Conservatives

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Its founders promising it will address issues of importance to conservatives, GOProud, a new Washington-based political organization, aims to represent gay conservatives and their conservative allies.

“GOProud is launching to fill a void that exists,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director and board member. “Until today, no organization has stood up for gay conservatives and their conservative allies. GOProud will be that organization.”

GOProud aims to support a traditional conservative agenda that will improve the everyday lives of gays and lesbians across the country, according to a statement released to the press.

“There are lots of organizations on the gay left working on issues like hate crimes and federal employment discrimination, but there is no organization working on issues like tax equity, free market healthcare reform, social security reform, and other traditionally conservative issues,” added Christopher Barron, GOProud board chair.

The establishment of GOProud was announced on April 15 as conservatives held “tea parties” throughout America.

“This is an exciting day for the more than 1.5 million gays and lesbians who cast their votes for John McCain and Sarah Palin and for the countless conservatives across the country who want to see a Republican Party where sexual orientation is not an issue,” Barron concluded.

LaSalvia and Barron are both former employees of Log Cabin Republicans. – by Nancy Ford

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