Category Archives: GOProud

LaSavlia: "I am every bit as conservative as I’ve always been."

Early last week, one of the founders of GOProud, Jimmy LaSalvia, made headlines with his announcement that he is leaving the GOP due (among other things) to its "tolerance of bigotry."

A few things are striking in LaSalvia's remarks (posted to his blog), however, and deserve to be looked at more closely.

The two main reasons claimed by LaSalvia for his departure from the GOP are summarized in this quotation [emphasis added]:

I am every bit as conservative as I’ve always been, but I just can’t bring myself to carry the Republican label any longer. You see, I just don’t agree with the big-government ‘conservatives’ who run the party now.

The other reason I am leaving is the tolerance of bigotry in the GOP.

Jimmy LaSalviaFirst, it should be noted that LaSalvia doesn't cite examples or give any evidence of this supposed "tolerance of bigotry," but in context and on background it can easily be inferred that he is speaking about those who oppose the radical redefinition of marriage.

LaSalvia here is simply parroting the dishonest and ugly smears of the radical same-sex 'marriage' movement, of which he has long been a member, saying that those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and who put children's best interest at the center and pivot of the question, are bigots and haters - a claim which is as false as it is offensive.

But perhaps more surprising for its sheer nonsensicalness and illogicality is LaSalvia's claims that he is "every bit as conservative" as always and that he opposes big government.

First, regarding his claim of opposing big government: this is simply untenable. As NOM's good friend Ryan T. Anderson has saliently observed:

Same-sex marriage rejects the anthropological truth that men and women are different and complementary, the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and the social reality that children need both a mother and a father.

Once marriage is removed from this basis in biology, its arbitrary and shapeless new form will be bound to lead precisely to growth in government! Anderson again [emphasis added]:

[I]f marriage has no form and serves no essential purpose, how would society protect the needs of children — the prime victims of our nonmarital sexual culture — without government growing more intrusive and more expensive?

FamilyAnderson here is following logical reasoning to point to a likely and probably socio-economic result of experimenting with the norms of marriage.

But we can offer a further and even more emphatic counterpoint to LaSalvia's groundless claim to the title "conservative" simply by looking at the brief history of marriage redefinition.

The same-sex 'marriage' movement has already, in plain fact, utilized the mechanisms of intrusive "big government" in the furtherance of its agenda: from judicial activism to invasive laws that target speech and thought on the basis of ideology; from state-sponsored indoctrination programs masquerading as "curricula" to politically-motivated choices with respect to the appointment of federal judges and ambassadors and others. We needn't even mention the recent appalling interference by the federal Department of Justice in the sovereign affairs of the State of Utah!

Finally, there is a very simple - but nonetheless quite meaningful and profound - argument against LaSalvia's self-asserted credibility as a "conservative." Redefining marriage is an inherently radical proposition. It creates for government a fictive power utterly unimagined by our Founders, one which would have been completely unseemly to them: the power to redefine the laws of Nature itself. The Founders would never have ventured to be so bold - and a good thing, too, or else in place of the great nation they built they'd have constructed instead a doomed modern Tower of Babel.

LaSalvia says he is "every bit as conservative as he's always been," and we must give benefit of the doubt to the strict meaning of those words. But all that suggests is that LaSalvia was never much of a conservative to begin with, because he certainly isn't embracing conservative positions now.

Andrew Breitbart Resigns from GOProud After They "Out" Perry Adviser

Matt Lewis at Daily Caller:

A prominent conservative voice has resigned from the advisory board of the gay conservative group GOProud after a leader of the organization “outed” a top Rick Perry adviser on Twitter.

A source who received a copy of the resignation email from Andrew Breitbart sends this along:

It is with sincere regret that I announce I must step down as a GOProud advisory member. On numerous occasions I have spoken with [GOProud leaders] Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron of the significant impact the practice of “outing” had in my evolution from the political left to the right. I was under the absolute impression that both agreed. I have a zero tolerance attitude toward the intentional infliction of vocational and family harm by divulging the details of an individual’s sexual orientation as a weapon of political destruction. As an “Advisory Board member” I was not consulted on this extreme and punitive act. Clearly, there are more productive means to debate controversial ideas and settle conflicts. Therefore, I cannot in good conscience stand with GOProud. I still stand by gay conservatives who boldly and in the face of much criticism from many fronts fight for limited government, lower taxes, a strong national defense as well as the other core conservative principles.

Ann Coulter Joins GOProud

In ThirdAge:

Ann Coulter, conservative author and commentator, is joining the advisory council of GOProud, a conservative organization whose membership is primarily homosexual.

The group announced Tuesday that Coulter is now an "honorary chair" and her official title will be "gay icon."

... Coulter joins anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, online media mogul Andrew Breitbart, and Republican strategist Roger Stone, all of whom serve on the organization's advisory board.

"I am honored to serve in this capacity on GOProud's Advisory Council, and look forward to being the queen of fabulous," Coulter said in a statement.

Star Parker: 'Gay conservative' is an oxymoron

From the Washington Examiner:

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, has been an annual gig for me for years. But this year I concluded it was not my place and I declined to participate in the various venues at the event for which I was invited.

Yes, the reason I declined was the inclusion of GOProud, a group identifying itself as representing "gay conservatives and their allies," as a sponsor of the event.

Ken Mehlman: I'm Gay so now the GOP should support gay marriage!

It's hard to follow the logic of Ken Mehlman, who - when he was in power - refused to support SSM. Now that he's just a rich guy making a lot of money, he's adamant the GOP should support gay marriage, regardless of what GOP voters think.

Will this kind of illogic influence the Republican Party's race for RNC Chairman? Not if we can help it.

Ann Coulter to GOProud: Stop Messing with Marriage!

From the Daily Caller:

In a speech to about 150 GOProud supporters who gathered at the home of billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel in New York City, Coulter acknowledged that gays could play an important role in the conservative movement, but was clear about her continued opposition to gay marriage.

“I thought I’d try to talk you out of gay marriage,” Coulter said. “I will warn you that I have never failed to talk gays out of gay marriage.”

While the crowd seemed thrilled to hear the best-selling author roll off a string of classic Coulter one-liners that left many of them in stitches –”It’s hard to believe this now, but when Obama was running for president he presented himself as a moderate Democrat. To be fair, in Kenya he is a moderate.” — her speech against gay marriage failed to find many converts, if any.

At the crux of her argument, Coulter said that marriage was for procreation and insisted gays had no grounds to base support for gay marriage on civil rights.

“It’s not a civil right,” she said. “You’re not black.”

After her prepared remarks, Coulter opened the floor for questions, and got flooded. . .

Others said it was only a matter of time before the Republican Party opened up to gay conservatives.

“I think that the gay bashing will be taken out of the Republican agenda and I think it’s getting there,” said Michael Lucas, founder of New York’s largest gay adult film company who the New Republic magazine once described as “Gay Porn’s Neocon Kingpin.” ”This event shows that they are coming to us.”

When asked if she thought she had changed any hearts and minds, Coulter told The DC, “The truth is…they’re already against gay marriage, they just won’t admit it publicly. I’m trying to get these gays to come out of the closet.”

Read the full story from The Daily Caller here.

Ann Coulter Re-iterates Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage

According to the Washington Post, “… at GOProud's Homocon in New York on Saturday night, Coulter plans to ‘forge the conservative/gay peace of westphalia!’” she says via e-mail.

According to Coulter: “Conservatives will:  1) stop treating gay sex any differently from premarital sex,  2) stop blaming nice, conservative gays for the [actions of] hateful, angry, leftist gays . . . and 3) agree to do something about their hair. Gays will drop this business about gay marriage and pushing pc rules on the military."

Read the entire story here.

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