Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of gay GOP group GOProud, believes economic issues will drive LGBT people to vote for Mitt Romney.

In a Fox News Fox and Friends appearance, LaSalvia discussed with host Gretchen Carlson the lack of a question on the issue of gay marriage during Wednesday's presidential debate.

President Barack Obama in May endorsed marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, while Romney supports a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

“I think the president would have loved to talk about it because he hasn't wanted to talk about his record on jobs and the economy,” LaSalvia said. “But gay people aren't any different than anyone else. All over the country, gay people are living paycheck to paycheck, worried about their future and wondering how much longer they can hold on.”

“I think that everybody wants to know that both candidates can see things from their perspective and look at issues from their perspective and understand how issues affect them. Whether or not they agree on any specific issue. So I think that people have that in the back of their mind. But at the end of the day they want to know what the plan is going forward, and Mitt Romney has that plan,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In a statement issued to BuzzFeed, Fred Sainz, vice president for communications for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), disagreed with LaSalvia's comments, saying discrimination can effect the pocket books of gay folks.

“I don't disagree with Jimmy. Jobs, the economy, our foreign affairs are all important issues to LGBT Americans. What Jimmy misses is that a tough economy is made worse for LGBT people by the lack of legal protections, whether it be employment nondiscrimination protections or the existence of DOMA.”

“Obama wants to get rid of these barriers,” he added. “Romney wants to keep them.”