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Gay conservative group ‘GOProud’ banned from participation in CPAC

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The gay conservative group GO Proud, who has recently come to the defense of GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, has been informed by the American Conservative Union that they will not not be invited to participate in the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

GOProud had been a participant in CPAC for the past two years, even being a co-sponsor of the 2011 conference — a move which sparked massive boycotts of the event from social conservative organizations like the Heritage Foundation, the American Family Association, and the Family Research Council.

In a letter addressed to Jimmy LaSalvia, the executive director of GOProud, ACU Director Gregg Keller informed the organization that they would not be invited to participate formally in the conference, but that individuals from the organization could still attend.

GOProud released a statement on Saturday condemning the ACU’s decision to effectively bar the gay group from any formal role in CPAC, saying,

“We are deeply disappointed at the decision of the American Conservative Union to bar GOProud from participating in CPAC. They are well within their right to do so, but a decision like this will have consequences.

“For the last two years, GOProud has sought to support CPAC and keep the conservative movement united. Unfortunately, elements inside and outside of ACU have pushed their own narrow, divisive and sometimes personal agenda. They have done so at the expense of the conservative movement.”

GOProud has been at the center of controversy over the past few weeks for the organization’s defense of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

Chris Barron, chairman of GOProud, even went so far as saying in an interview on CNN that the controversy over Bachmann’s anti-gay beliefs was a “sideshow” issue, and that the economy and defeating President Obama were more important issues to focus on.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. LOL!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 4:59pm
  2. If you sell your soul to the Devil why you complain in going to hell!?

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:01pm
  3. My head almost explodes every time I attempt to figure out how someone can be gay and Republican. It’s just…..weird.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:01pm
  4. If you sleep with a filty dog with fleas, you will wake up scratching with your hind legs, EH??? Don’t get it. The Most Homophobic GOP and they have blinders on. Enjoy the slap in the face.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:03pm
  5. You can’t pray her away!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:04pm
  6. How can they support Bachmann? This makes no sense to me. I imagine they just got a reality check.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:05pm
  7. They really need to take a lesson from the slaps in the face,that kick their butts out the door by the right wing. They should make all this very public.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:07pm
  8. They’re backing Bachmann? I don’t get that at all

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:10pm
  9. “We’ll take your money but you can’t come.”

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:10pm
  10. Stop trying to please them. They obviously don’t want you. If they try to take away your right to marry and be safe from discrimination, what in hell makes you think they’ll invite you to their little pity party?

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:11pm
  11. Jews for Hitler…..

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:13pm
  12. About time GOProud face some facts and just go Democrat, they’ll achieve more of their goals with a party that actually accepts them and gives a damn.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:14pm
  13. Erin Verley, I’m going to quote you here: “(A gay person who votes Republican) is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.”

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:17pm
  14. Wow…now that’s an in-your-face reality check!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:31pm
  15. A gay Republican is an oxymoron.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:32pm
  16. Drop the oxy…

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:46pm
  17. Frank: What does that even mean?

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:48pm
  18. Had a debate with a “gay republican” recently…I swear, I was talking to a wall.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:59pm
  19. I don’t quite “get” them.. Are they ‘Out’ in their workplaces? Are they laughing at gay jokes told by the other republicans @ the office? I am gay and no, they doesn’t automatically make me democrat but who could vote against themselves? We need a REAL 3rd party. Ug

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:25pm
  20. Hey, gay people, are you rue you want to be associated with bigots. Come to the Democratic party where you belong and can feel at home.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:27pm
  21. Get a clue!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:54pm
  22. You reap what you sew.

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 8:47pm
  23. It was another gay Republican group, the Log Cabin Republicans, who brought a successful lawsuit to end DADT. Congressional repeal of DADT immediately followed a federal district court decision finding DADT unconstitutional in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States.

    And gay marriage in New York simply wouldn’t have been possible without Republican donors and pro-gay marriage Republicans.

    For myself, I believe my membership in the Republican Party has brought a sympathetic human dimension to our cause in the minds of the conservative straight people I’ve met and talked to.

    Keep up the good work, gay and transgender Republicans!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 8:49pm
  24. ahaha wooowwww thats a shocker!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:38pm
  25. I have no words for this…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 6:10pm
  26. I guess they thought as long as they played along that they would be exempt from the discrimination. How is that wake up call coming? Feeling a little lonely out on that limb yet?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 7:42pm