After 2 years serving as executive director of gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans, R. Clarke Cooper will be leaving his post next year.

On Friday, the group's national board of directors named Gregory T. Angelo as interim executive director. He'll begin on January 2.

“I hope LGBT Republicans and our allies who support freedom and liberty will join me in welcoming Gregory T. Angelo as the interim executive director of Log Cabin Republicans,” National Board Chairman Peter Bertelsen said in a statement. “Gregory's longstanding involvement with Log Cabin as leader of the New York State chapter, and his demonstrated ability with grassroots advocacy as head of our sister think tank, the Liberty Education Forum, make him the clear choice to continue the significant strides made by Clarke Cooper over the last three years.”

Angelo, the current head of the group's New York chapter, led the group's lobbying efforts in support of marriage equality in New York. He supported former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for president and was an alternate delegate for Gingrich.

“There has never been a more exciting and historic time to be a gay Republican – with the wind at our backs following four referendum victories for the freedom to marry last November and the United States Supreme Court soon to rule on marriage equality, 2013 could mark a turning point in the fight for equal rights for all,” said Angelo. “It has never been more critical to advocate for equality to Republicans, as Republicans. As the Interim Executive Director of this esteemed organization, I will do everything I can to work for Republican victories that return the party to its roots of freedom, fairness, and liberty for all.”