Gay rights activist Dan Savage has called gay GOP group GOProud's endorsement of Mitt Romney for president “pathetic.”

The conservative group endorsed Romney in a news release on Wednesday.

“Most gay Americans – like their straight counterparts – are not better off than they were four years ago,” GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia said in making the announcement. “The truth is that gay people are living in the disastrous failed Obama economy too.”

LaSalvia said that two members of its board voted against endorsing the Republican candidate and added that the group opposes Romney's support of a federal amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

Savage, the editor of Seattle alternative The Stranger and co-creator of the It Gets Better Project, tweeted to his nearly 84,000 followers: “The GOP's house faggots grab their ankles, right on cue … pathetic.”

GOProud co-founder Christopher Barron responded in a blog post: “Apparently, faggot is an entirely appropriate slur as long as Dan Savage is slinging it and gay people who you don't agree with are on the receiving end. It gets better my ass.”