More unhappy with Barack Obama's handling of the US economy than Mitt Romney's opposition to marriage equality, the conservative gay group GOProud has endorsed the presumptive Republican nominee for president.
The group describes itself as a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights.
In a statement, GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia made no mention of Romney's opposition to gay marriage which he reiterated several times during the primary season.
'Most gay Americans – like their straight counterparts – are not better off than they were 4 years ago,' LaSalvia said. 'The truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too.'
Obama has taken major steps in recent weeks to shore up his political base by becoming the first sitting president in US history to support gay marriage and by announcing that illegal immigrants younger than 30 who are brought to the U.S. as children and who meet other standards will not be subject to deportation.
'President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the President’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible,' LaSalvia added. 'At this critical juncture, we need a President with the experience and expertise to turn this economy around. Someone who knows how the free markets work – former Governor Mitt Romney is that candidate.'
LaSalvia charges that 'the gay left' has been allowed to dictate what are ‘gay issues’ saying that jobs, the economy, healthcare, retirement security and taxes are all ‘gay issues.’
LaSalvia acknowledged that The GOProud endorsement was not unanimous with two board members voting against it.
'We don’t agree with Governor Romney on every single issue – indeed we disagree strongly with him on his support for a federal marriage amendment,' he said. 'Given the vote on our board, obviously not everyone in our organization will agree with this endorsement, and we respect that.'