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.”