Gay GOP group GOProud on Friday endorsed Mark Kirk in his bid to represent the people of Illinois in the U.S. Senate.

The endorsement is expected to be controversial because Kirk objects to lifting the 1993 policy that bans gay and lesbian troops from serving openly, known as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” As a member of the House, Kirk voted against a repeal measure earlier this year.

“Mark Kirk supports common-sense conservatives solutions that will improve the lives of all Illinoisans, including gay and lesbian Illinoisans,” Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud, said in a statement.

“From taxes to healthcare to jobs and the economy, Mark Kirk consistently supports policies that would benefit gay and lesbian voters in Illinois,” he added.

In making its endorsement, the group did not mention Kirk's objection to repeal of the military ban.

The group is already under fire from gay rights leaders and progressive media for a $50,000 television ad buy that equates gay allies House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Senator Barbara Boxer and openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank to the gossipy stars of Bravo's Real Housewives reality franchise.

The Bilerico Project's Managing Editor Alex Blaze called the ad “homophobic” for labeling Frank a “catty” housewife, and gay weekly The Washington Blade said GOProud had GONECrazy.