Unfashionably Late: GOProud Endorses Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

January 18th, 2013

But they only endorse it “where civil marriage is possible“:

The move follows a decision by the GOProud board earlier this month to expand the group’s mission to include state-level work. It also comes after, LaSalvia noted, the re-election of a president who supports same-sex couples’ marriage rights, while some in the Republican Party are urging their party to reassess their position on the issue.

Since its founding in 2009, GOProud has always opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling the law a “federal power grab,” but it avoided the underlying issue of marriage rights. In the course of a 285-word statement provided to BuzzFeed on “marriage and relationship recognition” being released publicly Friday, though, the group declares, “Where civil marriage is possible, we support civil marriage.”

At the same time, the group is pushing strongly for a state-level, political efforts — not judicial decisions — and LaSalvia warned that “a sweeping decision” in the Supreme Court case challenging California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex couples’ marriages “will create a backlash” — including the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment being “brought to the forefront again.”

That last statement tells me that GOProud is gearing up to fight the last decade’s battles. The FMA’s high water mark was in 2004 and 2006, and both times it failed to pass either the House or the Senate by the required two-thirds vote. Both Houses have changed quite a bit since then. Someone needs to show GOProud a new calendar.


January 18th, 2013

If I understand correctly — and I think I do — GOProud fully supports marriage equality in those states where it exists but does not support it in states where it does not exist. So if you live in a state where it does exist, GOProud thinks you should be able to get married, but if you live in a state where it does not exist, you should not try to change things.

Ben in Oakland

January 18th, 2013

Civil marriage is possible in EVERY state. It is reality in only nine.

Ideological obtuseness and Stupidity, on the other hand, knows no borders.


January 18th, 2013

The FMA never had a chance of passing. Not this decade. Not last decade. Not in the 90s.

Christopher in Canad

January 18th, 2013

As I Canadian, I have two questions: who are these “goproud” people and what is their purpose? I’m confused…


January 18th, 2013

@Christopher — it’s not because you’re Canadian, it’s because they don’t know who they are or what their purpose is.


January 18th, 2013

Don’t worry, everyone. GOProud will eventually fully support same-sex marriage once it decides where it stands in relation to sodomy laws. The Supreme Court will take up the case sometime in the future… …like in late 2002/early 2003.

Timothy Kincaid

January 18th, 2013

Now, now, KZ. I’m sure GOProud opposes sodomy laws where opposing sodomy laws is possible. Ya know, in Massachusetts and some parts of California.


January 18th, 2013

Yes, GoProud, you are behind *Newt Gingrich* on this issue. Live with that.

Timothy Kincaid

January 18th, 2013

Ryan, put that way, it’s really sad

Al Raymond

January 21st, 2013

Usually I have no problem reading each issue of BTB, but the October 19th issue has no right margin. Each line keeps going on till it goes off the screen, forcing me to use the horizontal scroll bar and go slowly back and forth so I can read each line.
As you can imagine, this is time-consuming and a major nuisance, especially when reading long articles with many lines where the reader is forced to constantly go back and forth.
PLEASE let me know what, if anything, I can do to fix the problem when it occurs. If it occurred all the time, it would be impossible to read the many interesting articles in BTB.
Thank you.


January 21st, 2013

Al Raymond-

It might be the browser you are using. A number of times I have problems with the site and others due to the fact that I use an older explorer version. Some of the older browsers won’t and are not capable of handling the script on some pages. When I run into that problem I fire up the Google Chrome Browser, and it seems to work. I also had a lot of problems with the Safari Browser.

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