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March 16, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Many conservatives have come to GOProud’s defense after it was denied the ability to sponsor CPAC.  I was one of them.  The National Review‘s editorial board, Kurt Schlichter, Andrew Bair, and Jedediah Bila were some others.  Yes, CPAC was involved in the inexcusable outing of Tony Fabrizio, a Rick Perry pollster, in response to the governor’s ad about gays in the military – but that was two years ago.  It also didn’t help when Chris Barron, co-founder of GOProud, called ”CPAC board member Cleta Mitchell a ‘nasty little bigot.’”

However, these are petty squabbles compared to our ongoing struggle against the progressive left and their dependency agenda.  While I still think GOProud should be allowed to sponsor the event in the future, they’re making it difficult for the powers that be to come to that conclusion.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a CPAC sponsor, had a panel called “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” Of course, the Huffington Post was there to troll the event.  A Republican slammed his own party over gays – it’s a must-see for the liberal blogs.

I’m embarrassed to call myself a Republican right now,” Jimmy LaSaliva, co-founder and president of the gay conservative group GOProud, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday. The gay Republican was referring to GOProud’s exclusion from participation at CPAC for a second year in a row, banned as an official sponsor.

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At the packed panel, attended by younger CPAC members, including quite a few conservative gays and lesbians, conservative commentators and activists on the panel who support marriage equality, including CNN pundit Margaret Hoover and Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, made the case for gay marriage as conservative value. Earlier in the day Senator Marco Rubio, criticized those who would call him a “bigot” for not supporting same-sex marriage, underscoring the tension the issue continues to cause among conservatives. LaSalvia, for his part, however, agreed with Rubio, making a similar statement during the panel discussion and getting applause from the audience

It’s truly about what people think conservatives think of gay people,” LaSalvia said in an interview on my SiriusXM radio program. “Kicking us out of CPAC doesn’t help. People aren’t going to vote for you if they think you hate their family and friends.”

“How do we have a winning coalition in the future, in a world that has gay people in every single family,” LaSalvia continued, a day before GOP Senator Rob Portman reversed his position and came out for marriage equality because his son had come out as gay. “It’s broader than marriage equality. It’s about, ‘Do you support my loved ones?’ I think that a lot of the establishment leaders are out of touch with America and with their own base. There are a few folks in the establishment that don’t like gay people.”

As Breitbart’s Kerry Picket reported yesterday, the ACU and GOProud have a ways to go in settling their differences. “The minute the check hit the ACU office, there were forces on the ACU board that sought to keep us from being a sponsor of CPAC because we’re gay,” said GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.  At the same time,  saying your “ashamed” of being a Republican does nothing concerning ameliorating relations with the ACU board.

So, let’s have a ceasefire.  The ACU should not exclude any organization, like GOProud, because they might be moderate on a SINGLE issue – and GOProud would make more inroads with the conservative movement by not saying they’re “ashamed” of it.  The ACU needs to understand that groups with some different opinions foster the intellectual debates that keep our movement fresh and modern.  It allows us to adapt our policy messaging and strategy to a changing political landscape.  As for GOProud, be patient, and keep pressing your organization’s platform.  They’re conservatives who support your cause, and it’s inevitable that you’ll be more widely accepted as younger conservatives take the reins.  It wouldn’t surprise me if more panels hosted by more organizations at CPAC  might – sadly– be part of the slow process to ending this distracting feud.  However, if GOProud continues to slam fellow conservatives, they shouldn’t be surprised if they remain at the kids’ table.

 

Also read: 

GOProud at CPAC: ‘There Are a Few in Our Movement Who Just Don’t Like Gay People

Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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I'm less concerned about GOProud being excluded from CPAC (and I think they should have been allowed) than I am CPAC excluding Pam Geller because of her work pointing out Islamists are butchers and their exclusion of any anti-amnesty commentary.

ACU has bent over to accommodate Grover Norquist and his pro-Islamic leanings, his closest confident is one with Hamas.

They're shutting out the wrong people.
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Evangelicals are always expected to accommodate every group they disagree with into the "big tent". The reason for this is that their vote is taken for granted like the Dems take black votes for granted. After all, where else can people of faith go. They're not going to caucus with the left.
How about holding GOProud to the same standard. If they're not welcomed with open arms to the conservative movement, see if they want to link arms with NAMBLA, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and ACT-UP on the left. How about a little give and take on somebody's part other than Christians.
One of the Bushes in disdaining evangelicals some years ago said we were like cockroaches. If that's what the GOP power brokers think, a third party may really be in order.
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Same sex marriage, pro or con, is about 307 on my political priority list. Gay men, like Hispanic families are rumored to be inherently friendly to economic conservatism. I welcome them to the party. I also fail to see why gay couples should be prohibited from making tax exempt estate transfers.
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The proper position on sexuality, IMHO, is to mind your own damn business and let me mind mine. Insisting on validation of the gay lifestyle by the changing the definition of marriage offends a large percentage of the population. Why is it our feelings in this are less important than someone else's?
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The position that our side should advocate is the elimination of government licensing, not making things even more complicated by helping every crazy loon out there who wants to force people to endorse whatever lifestyle he has chosen by getting a government license that will mandate recognition of that lifestyle.

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What I, as a matter of love of liberty and personal choices by others, may tolerate may not be something that I would ever be in a position to endorse.

Maybe that is the crux. GOProud seeks not just tolerance and acceptance, but validation and endorsement. It won't get the latter.

The Republican party is intent on having its Whig moment. If it can't differentiate itself from the party of the Libertine, the unkillable Democrat apparatus, it will go the way of powdered wigs and the party of Henry Clay.
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"The ACU should not exclude any organization, like GOProud, because they might be moderate on a SINGLE issue"

Moderate? By whose standard? Just another example of redefining terms rather than engaging in an honest debate. Not that many years ago, traditional Christianity was not only considered "moderate", it was also "mainstream". Now we are "extremist", while someone who proudly exhibits themselves on the streets of San Fransisco is "moderate".

Christians are expected to repudiate any evil that Christians may have done over the last 2,000 years, and Americans are expected to repudiate injustices like The Trail of Tears, and rightly so. On the other hand, if one is to bring up topics like the abomination that is the Folsom Street Fair or the fact that the Catholic priest scandal was in reality a problem with homosexuals allowed into the priesthood, they can be expected to be labeled "haters".

As always, the belief of everyone from the center to the left is that everything would be just fine if Christians would just roll over and play dead, or better yet, become Episcopalians.


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Let's say we have a group called GOPWifeSwappers or GOPPornStars, should they be allowed?

I think the GOP position regarding sex lives should be, well, conservative. Granted sinners should always be welcome but we should have the expectation that sinners do not brag i.e. be proud of being sinners.

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In the third graf, you spell Jimmy LaSalvia's last name "LaSaliva". Was that a typo, or snark?
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The problem goes well beyond GOProud, it is the entire business of disinviting sponsors and officeholders and prominent conservatives who want to participate. Pamela Geller was uninvited, too! Yet Norquist and his coterie of islamist sympathizers and apologists are welcomed with open arms.

I'm very angry with Chris Christie, too, but should he not be given the opportunity to defend himself? Are we all only as welcome as our last mistake?

How we've cheered for Lindsey Graham and welcomed his strong voice on Benghazi, only to send him back to purgatory when he restates his long-standing and deeply held beliefs on an immigration solution? And John McCain, who was our nominee four years ago, is back on the blacklist for another intemperate remark (which is almost his trademark).

It's not that I condone some of the statements or actions of Christie, or Graham, or McCain, or GOProud. I just don't see how we ever return to power and sensible government when conservatives empower the Purity Police to excommunicate anyone at any time for any deviation from the Party Line.

Ronald Reagan remarked, "My 80% friend is not my 20% enemy."
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