Goldberg, who wrote a column lambasting the ACU for not inviting GOProud to the event, declared his support of state control over marriage policy and pointed out the difficulty of replacing those people who would leave the party if Republicans backed gay marriage.
“It’s a free society and [gays] should be able to form whatever associations that they want. That said, I’m a big believer in federalism. Federalism is the best system ever conceived for maximizing happiness because it lets people live in the way that they want,” said Goldberg. “I’m a big believer in letting people live the way they want to live, and if some places want to have gay marriage I’m fine with it, and if some places don’t want to have gay marriage I’m fine with that too.”
Many in the audience expressed their support for re-examining the conservative movement to build a coalition that respects gay rights.
“Gays are a natural constituency of fiscal conservatism because we have to be self-reliable. We work together as a community and we embody fiscal conservatism. That is why so many gays will vote for Republicans and fiscal conservatives,” blogger Cynthia Yockey told PJ Washington.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized those who called him a bigot for not supporting same-sex marriage. LaSalvia, for his part, agreed with Rubio, saying, “I do not believe that because someone opposes same sex marriages that automatically makes that person a homophobe. Opposing gay marriage is not, in and of itself, bigotry.”
Nevertheless, he continued, “bigotry is a stain that stains everybody if it’s tolerated. If [conservatives] do not publicly stand up to the bigots then everyone will believe we’re just like them.”
Underscoring the contentious nature of the issue among conservatives, director of Accuracy in Media Cliff Kincaid told Focal Point’s Bryan Fischer today that many people confronted him at CPAC on Thursday for a piece he wrote a few weeks ago warning that “there is no such thing as a ‘gay conservative’ unless the term ‘conservative’ has lost all meaning.”
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