A Florida club will be the first affiliate to join splintered gay Republican group GOProud.

The new Florida group is called Sunshine Republicans and is expected to hold its first public meeting Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Republicans dissatisfied with the direction of gay group Log Cabin Republicans decided to strike out on their own in April and formed GOProud.

GOProud is helmed by Christopher Barron, a former Log Cabin political director. In April, Barron told POLITICO.com that Log Cabin no longer represented the politics of gay conservatives.

“Essentially, there's no voice for gay Republicans or gay conservatives in particular in D.C. right now. Log Cabin has been completely and totally absent here in D.C. For months and months,” Barron said.

“It has simply moved way too far to the left and is basically indistinguishable from any other gay left organization,” he added.

The rift widened last spring after gay weekly The Washington Blade revealed that openly gay Democratic philanthropist Tim Gill was keeping Log Cabin financially afloat and was involved in decision making at the Republican group.

Sunshine Republicans President – and former vice president of the Broward County Log Cabin Republicans – Benjamin Lewis says the group represents conservatives who happen to be gay.

In talking about the group's priorities, Lewis says the group will “fight for free markets, personal freedom coupled with personal responsibility, a strong national defense, and a less intrusive, more efficient government,” at the group's website.

Jack Mejeske, president of the Broward Log Cabin group, defended his club's focus on gay and lesbian rights.

“If you don't stand up for the things that pertain to the gay community then you can just belong to any of the other … clubs in Broward County,” Mejeske told the Sun-Sentinel. “There's no reason to have another one. If you don't want to do anything for the gay community, then join another club.”

Sunshine Republicans will host its first public meeting Friday at Fort Lauderdale City Hall at 7PM.