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CPAC :: No Gay Groups Allowed!

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Feb 28, 2013

It's clear that the Republican Party is strongly divided when it comes to gay issues, including same sex unions. Earlier this week it was reported that more than 100 Republicans signed a brief urging the Supreme Court that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Still, several conservatives stand strong in their belief that marriage can only be defined as a union between one man and one woman, and their views are not likely to change anytime soon.

While gay acceptance has never been more widespread as it is today, Republican gay group still can't get a place at the conservatives' table.

As News Works reports, two conservative gay groups, GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans, were not invited to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Almost every Republican organization has been invited to the annual event, which will be held in Washington, and a number of superstar GOPers, like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, will make an appearance.

But as News Works points out, GOProud was kicked out of CPAC in 2011 because high profile conservative groups opposed its presence. These groups include, religious right groups, like the Family Research Council, Liberty Council, Concerned Women for America and the American Family Association. Log Cabin officials said they did not ask to be invited to CPAC and that organization would rather "choose its battles."

"It speaks volumes about the conservative mentality that this kind of bigotry persists even though it's clearly a political loser - moreso, with each passing year," News Works writes. "In fact, gay voters arguably swung the '12 election to President Obama; according to exit polls, he and Romney split the straight vote, 49 percent apiece, but Obama won among self-identified gays, 76-22 percent."

Not all Republicans agree with the GOProud and Log Cabin's removal, however.

"Times are changing. But unless we conservatives are willing to face up to the unmitigated absurdity of (advocating) liberty alongside sexual segregation, swathes of otherwise reachable voters will continue to regard our movement as undeserving," Ted Rogan, a conservative, said. The news editor at National Review Online, Daniel Fister, said that the GOP need to create a "peaceful coexistence" with the LGBT community because "the center of the country is becoming more gay-friendly."

Politico reports that S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist and MSNBC co-host, said she refuses to speak at CPAC because the gay groups were not invited.

"I've been thinking about this a lot, and I know a lot of people on my side of the aisle have been struggling with this for some time now, too: I've been scheduled to speak at CPAC this year, and I just don't think I can until this issue is reconciled and figured out," she said on MSNBC's "The Cycle."

Chris Hayes, a progressive MSNBC host, also said he would not accept CPAC's invitation unless GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans were welcomed.


  • Unbreakable1, 2013-02-28 12:39:34

    One day these gay Republicans will come to terms that the Republican Party does not want them. Just as it shows through its actions, it does not want the black vote. So they don’t advocate for them. There are enough gay people and gay friendly people in this country to form our own damn party. Maybe GOProud and the Log Cabin group could focus on making that happen. Just a thought.

  • gdhamf, 2013-02-28 14:00:41

    Do gay repubs get it yet? The conservatives would rather see us dead than red.

  • 2PTown, 2013-02-28 14:27:55

    CPAC cannot ever be taken seriously. Any organization that invites Sarah Palin, the biggest air head going has no credibility.

  • sjenner, 2013-02-28 20:38:42

    CPAC’s bigotry is part of an odd, reactionary tail wind that reached a peak in the GOP with the last election. The fact is the Log Cabin Republicans and GoProud were invited to CPAC events, a practice derailed with the sharp veer to the right that culminated 2012. The GOP is changing, and is beginning the move to a more libertarian position. It has no choice. The economic message has resonance. The GOP can win on it.

  • Wayne M., 2013-03-01 19:40:53

    Clearly, CPAC leaders have closed their minds on this issue and they refuse to listen to any arguments to support and strengthen marriage and human rights in the United States. They have not learned the TRUTH that you cannot strengthen opposite-sex marriage by refusing to recognize loving and caring same-sex marriage.

  • , 2013-03-04 22:42:19

    Could ONE Gay Republican please tell me why they are Republicans or are they still in the closet like their politicians? They want our money, they want our votes but they don’t want us!

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