Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of gay GOP group GOProud, has defended his group's endorsement of Mitt Romney for president.

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,” 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.

Appearing on The Young Turks, LaSalvia defended the choice.

When host Cenk Uygur told LaSalvia that the Romney campaign doesn't like gay people, LaSalvia disagreed.

“The truth is Mitt Romney has a long record of dealing with gay people … and he's demonstrated that he believes that we are a part of America. We have a disagreement on marriage …,” LaSalvia said.

“You're part of America, but you're not part of his campaign,” Uygur interrupted, noting the resignation of openly gay Ric Grenell from the Romney campaign.

“Are you telling me there that was any other reason why Richard Grenell was pushed out of the campaign. You know it was because he's gay, right?”

“The situation wasn't handled correctly, without question,” LaSalvia answered before saying he was backing Romney because “We need jobs.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)