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Stephen Green


March 1, 2013 - 10:12 am

From the editors:

GOProud is the most conservative gay group of note (perhaps the only gay group rightly called conservative), and that conservatism extends to its circumspection about many planks of the so-called gay-rights agenda. Its participation in past CPACs caused only mild disquiet (indeed, much of the scattered criticism of GOProud’s inclusion at the conference was shouted down by other attendees) and was probably salubrious on net. Conservative opinion on the intersection of homosexuality and politics is not monolithic, especially among the college-aged set that makes up the better part of CPAC attendees. And a gathering that hopes to speak for the conservative movement will be better equipped to do so if it represents the overlapping gamut of views included in it.


CPAC may invite (or disinvite) whomever they please. But do they have to be so stupidly self-defeating about it? Fine, so CPAC has taken a stand — but against what? Against the big tent? Against America’s increasingly gay-friendly youth? Against potentially powerful political alliances?

As Stacy McCain is fond of saying, “You can’t build a movement by the process of subtraction.”

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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CPAC should feature a debate over gay marriage between a GOProud representative and a prominent opponent. If the anti side mentions religion, or the pro side fairness they get pelted with high-velocity tomatoes. Put it on the internet, maybe get CSPAN to air it. It will show the country that when conservatives disagree we don't shun the unbeliever, we argue and try to understand the truth. Might destroy a few stereotypes the left has invested quite a bit of effort into crafting.
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