An openly gay activist and supporter of the GOP is urging the Republican party to end what he feels is intolerance towards gay people, fearing that LGBT hate will destroy conservative chances in the next Presidential election. GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia said that the GOP had not “hit bottom” yet in terms of addressing its views on same-sex rights, prompting his surprising decision to leave the party.
LaSalvia blogged earlier this week that he had attempted to change the GOP’s stance on gay issues and worked “to create an atmosphere where gay conservatives could live their lives openly and work in the conservative movement.” However, he said that he has “found myself in a situation where I’m beating my head against a wall, trying to help an organization that does not share my values. My values do not tolerate bigotry.”
The GOProud co-founder cited Mitt Romney’s decision to hire openly gay Kenneth Grenell as his foreign policy spokesperson, only to remove him within days, as a prime example of this intolerance. LaSalvia said that Romney “couldn’t stand up for Grenell or even say that it was wrong to judge someone on the basis of their orientation.”
The conservative gay activist believes that his departure from the party could possibly provide some much needed shaking on this issue within the GOP. [It’s] tough love parenting,” he explained. “You try to help your drug-addicted child to the point where you just have to put your foot down and cut them off because they’ve got to hit bottom before they’re going to realize,” he said. “I thought they had hit bottom after this last election … but they still haven’t given up their crack.”