Christopher R. Barron

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Christopher R. Barron is an American political activist best known as the cofounder of GOProud, a political organization representing gay conservatives. The president of CapSouth Consulting, a political consulting firm, Barron served as the national political director for Log Cabin Republicans, where he directed the organization's federal lobbying efforts and media relations. He joined the Log Cabin Republicans in February 2004 and was instrumental in the organization's September 2004 decision to not endorse President George W. Bush's re-election.[1] Barron later worked for Planned Parenthood.[2]

A North Carolina native, Barron studied political science at East Carolina University. In a 2004 interview, he revealed that in 2003 he submitted a written testimonial praising Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on a web site and that he supported Edwards' 1998 U.S. Senate campaign.[1] Barron graduated with honors from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a member of Wake Forest Law Review and was the Wake Law Faculty Scholar. He has appeared on MSNBC's The Ed Show,[3] NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News's Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. He has stated that he served in the Air Force Reserve.[4]

Barron endorsed Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson for the 2012 U.S. presidential election, saying he was "refusing to settle".[5] He was a delegate to the 2012 Libertarian National Convention.[6] In October 2012, however, he announced he had decided to support Mitt Romney for President, even while continuing to serve as a D.C. elector for Johnson.[7]

Barron lives in Washington, D.C. with his husband Shawn R. Gardner,[8] to whom he has been legally married since 2010.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Log Cabin Republicans Director Fights for Gay Rights". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ Gay Republican to Lead Abortion Outreach to GOP, 2005
  3. ^ Badash, David. [1] "Gay GOP Group GOProud's Chris Barron Takes Down Paladino", MSNBC October 10, 2010
  4. ^ "Mike Rogers & Christopher Barron On DADT Repeal". YouTube. 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ Chris Barron, Refusing to settle: Gary Johnson for president, The Daily Caller, February 20, 2012.
  6. ^ Chris Johnson, GOProud endorses Romney, Washington Blade, June 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Mike Riggs, Another Prominent Libertarian Ditches Gary Johnson for Mitt Romney, Reason, October 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Proud Board of Directors Advisory Council". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  9. ^ "Twitter / ChrisRBarron: Shawn and I got legally married". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

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