Chris Barron, chairman of gay GOP group GOProud, on Thursday came to the defense of presidential hopeful Herman Cain, who said being gay is a sin.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, briefly talked about gay rights during a nearly 20-minute interview with CBS News' Hotsheet on Wednesday.

“I believe homosexuality is a sin because I'm a Bible-believing Christian,” he said. “I believe it's a sin.”

“But I know that some people make that choice. That's their choice,” he added.

“So you believe it's a choice?” the interviewer asked.

“I believe it is a choice,” Cain responded.

While disagreeing with Cain's answer, Barron wrote that it didn't affect how he viewed the 65-year-old GOP candidate for president.

“The bottom line is that Herman Cain's personal position on whether being gay is a sin or a choice has no bearing on whether the policies he supports would be good for gay and lesbian Americans,” Barron wrote on his blog

“Herman Cain understands the real and present danger that the spread of radical Islam poses to our way of life. Herman Cain hasn't been shy about speaking out about the need to confront and stop the spread of radical Islam – a barbaric ideology that brutalizes women, religious minorities and gays.”

Barron also chided gay groups and bloggers who had criticized Cain's comments: “For the gay left none of this will matter. All that matters is the group hug. For the gay left, it isn't important whether the policies pursued by a candidate or a party actually improve the lives of gay people, all that matters is that they get the pat on the head – the assurance that they are ok.”

“It is time the gay community put real policy before emotional theater, and that is exactly why gay people should be willing to listen to and consider the candidacy of Herman Cain.”

Earlier this year, Barron chided former Minnesota Governor and presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty for saying he would support reinstatement of “Don't Ask Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. Cain has also called for the law's return.