"Today, I joined the ranks of unaffiliated voters. 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. The current leadership lacks the courage to stand up to it - I'm not sure they ever will.
"I have worked hard to help to create an atmosphere on the right where conservatives can openly support gay Americans and even support same-sex marriage. In that effort, we have won, but there is more work to do to root out the anti-gay and other forms of bigotry in the party.
"So I changed my voter registration today - 'No Party.'"
-- Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the Republican LGBT group GOProud, announcing his official exit from the GOP on his blog yesterday. LaSalvia now identifies as an "independent conservative."