5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 6

1. Gay Republican group GOProud is shutting down after five years. 2. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 56 percent of Americans support allowing gay couples to legally marry. The number shoots up to ...
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Romney promises ENDA support in secret Log Cabin endorsement deal?

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Yesterday, gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans officially endorsed Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

Left-leaning gay rights groups blasted the endorsement, saying the LCR had turned its back on the fight for LGBT equality. Out-going U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) also criticized the endorsement in a video posted to Youtube Tuesday. In it, Frank lays out the records of both Romney and his VP pick Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on gay issues to poke holes in the LCR endorsement.

Ben Adler from The Nation did a little digging and speculates that LCR Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper was given assurances by the Romney campaign that the candidate would support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as president. Such assurances helped convince LCR to endorse, Adler suggests.

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Gay groups head to Tampa for GOP convention

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We're just a handful of days away from the kickoff of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where attendees are expected to nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney to represent the party in the upcoming fall presidential election.

Possible hurricanes aside, officials in Tampa are expecting more than 50,000 delegates, media and other convention visitors to descend on the city in the coming days, including representatives from gay conservative groups like Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud.

Gay groups will need to shake off an unwelcome feeling amid reports that this year's Republican Party platform remains as anti-gay as ever.

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Gay political group endorses Romney

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GOProud, a national organization that advocates conservatism and gay inclusion in the Republican Party, announced today its endorsement of former Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

“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,” Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director, said in a statement released today.

LaSalvia echoed the sentiment of many gay conservative voters.

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Still gay in the GOP?

Still gay in the GOP

Lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government interference in the lives of Americans are the core principles of the Republican Party. At least, that’s what the GOP says. According to critics, including many LGBT people, what it does once in power is actually very different.

The anti-gay charge in recent years has been led by conservative groups, often with religious ties, like the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. These groups overwhelmingly support GOP candidates in local and national elections.

Republicans know a large portion of their base view homosexuality as inherently sinful. They also know to get elected, they have to sell their conservatism as well as their religious credentials.