The queer neo-cons of GOProud just made a bunch of endorsements and—shock!—they’re all Republicans, and most are stridently anti-gay.
Like, Rep. Connie Mack, whom GOProud endorses in the Florida senate race against Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson. Among other things, Mack (right) voted for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and against ENDA and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
And Arizona Senate hopeful Jeff Flake (yep, that’s his real name), who voted against marriage equality and domestic-partner benefits while in the House of Representatives, where he also sponosred a resolution condemning the Obama Administration’s refusal to defend DOMA in court.
According to Think Progress, Flake voted against adding sexual orientation to hate-crimes statutes three times and only voted for ENDA when transgender protections were removed. In addition to telling CNN he took a trip to a deserted island because he “felt like a pansy” and wanted to toughen up, Flake bragged about getting a “100% rating” from the Family Research Council.
Then there’s Dean Heller, who is looking to keep the Nevada Senate seat he was appointed to when John Ensign resigned. The HRC rates Heller a zero, and it’s hard to disagree: He opposes same-sex marriage in his state and nationwide, voted against providing domestic-partner benefits to gay couples in DC, and stood against hate-crime protections for LGBT Americans. Oh, and in case you forgot, he also voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Eesh, not someone who we’d say is in our corner. But GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia said he shares the group’s “core values.”
And then there’s Scott Brown, the candidate from Massachusetts who is not Elizabeth Warren, isn’t the worst Republican when it comes to LGBT issues, but that’s a pretty low bar. Brown is against repealing the Defense of Marriage Act but says marriage equality in his state is a settled issue and is against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. ( He was also one of the few Republicans who endorsed ending DADT.)
Okay, so Brown’s not an Enemy of the Gay State, but Brown is hardly an advocate for the gay community. Maybe the GOProuders saw Brown’s nude spread in Cosmo and just couldn’t help themselves.
The queer-conservative cabal also just endorsed Tom Smith (R-PA), Elizabeth Emken (R-CA), Barry Hinckley (R-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Honestly, we just don’t get the GOProud. No, it’s not that we don’t get gay Republicans—some people just don’t put a high priority on being treated as equals. But if that’s the case, if your agenda is about dismantling Obamacare and preserving tax cuts, why form a gay group in the first place? Why brand your identity around something you say is not a serious factor in your political decisions? Why not just join some existing GOP cheerleading squad.
Eh, maybe it’s some freaky BDSM thing.