CPAC’s exclusion of GOProud sparks burst of support for gay conservatives!/adamsbaldwin/status/303174634289913856

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is less than a month away and the now-annual kerfuffle over the participation of gay conservative group GOProud was in full swing on Twitter this weekend.

Why is dissing @goproud an issue every CPAC? Can we just focus on crushing progressivism? Thanx. Love, A Dude Interested in Victory.

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 16, 2013

When GOProud co-sponsored CPAC in 2011, several conservative groups boycotted the conference. Later that year, the American Conservative Union’s board of directors voted to exclude GOProud from formal participation in 2012 and the welcome mat is still rolled up.

@sistertoldjah @dogwoodtiredkat There’s been no new news. CPAC board voted to exclude GOPROUD before CPAC2012.

— GayPatriot (@GayPatriot) February 16, 2013

In other words, they can’t sponsor (as they had in previous years), can’t have a booth. To a group/org, that’s a BAN.

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) February 16, 2013

Naturally, the liberal media presented this as unimpeachable evidence of the Right’s “H8″ and intolerance. But among conservatives on Twitter, there’s little controversy over whether to embrace gay conservatives as allies in the fight against the progressive agenda.

I wish we lived in a just enough world where media saw the conservative support for @goproud. It’s awesome #CPAC2013

— S.M (@redsteeze) February 16, 2013

Timeline filled with CPAC related annoyance. Happy to see unified agreement—exclusion of @goproud is wrong. Against GOP principles.

— the eye (@ShannonPoe) February 16, 2013

The ratio of @goproud supporters to #CPAC-supporters on this issue is, no joke, about 20 to 1. And that’s AMONGST conservatives.

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) February 17, 2013

Many on the Right have harsh words for some of GOProud’s past decisions.

Did @goproud out gay Perry aide & accuse Heritage member of bigotry for oppoing SSM? @cpac &

— #blackrepubprobz (@blackrepubprobz) February 17, 2013

Shortly before the 2011 CPAC, GOProud co-founder Chris Barron branded conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell a “nasty bigot.” And in late 2011, the group attracted an avalanche of well-deserved criticism, including condemnation from its own members, for the appalling outing of Gov. Rick Perry’s chief pollster.

@jimmiebjr You mean like outing someone they don’t agree with as a vendetta? Yeah wonder why people forget that

— Thomas LaDuke (@irishduke2) February 16, 2013

But for many conservatives, this isn’t about deifying a particular organization while ignoring its warts. It’s about not marginalizing dedicated conservative warriors, gay or straight.

I am a Conservative:One again, our problem isn’t gays who are conservative, it’s “conservatives” who aren’t conservative. cc: @cpacnews

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 16, 2013

Gay people who stand up for individual rights are my allies. Straight people who want to violate individual rights are my enemies.

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) February 16, 2013

Conservatives want to destroy statists. So do gay conservatives. Why exclude them from #CPAC2013?

— Mary Climer (@MaryClimer1) February 16, 2013

give me a gay conservative over any type of liberal ANYDAY #CPAC2013 @goproud

— ShellyB (@Shelly_Bl) February 16, 2013

I want as many people with me fighting for freedom/limited government as I can get. Gay, straight, white, black, male, female–you name it.

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) February 16, 2013

I rather not go to cpac then not having fellow warriors there with me to fight the tyranny of libs group think

— Brad Essex (@BradEssex) February 16, 2013

This fight is not about CPAC vs. ACU. This is a much larger conversation we are having about gays in the liberty movement.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) February 16, 2013

That said, if a gay couple wants to fight to lower taxes and help us be more free, then I want them on my team. Period.

— Tabitha Hale (@TabithaHale) February 16, 2013

why would you choose to alienate an entire group of perfectly good Conservatives? @cpacnews @acuconservative #GOProud #CPAC2013

— ComfyPaws™ (@ComfyPaws) February 16, 2013

Anyone can go to CPAC, regardless sexual orientation. But it sends a horrible message to exclude a gay conservative group from sponsorship.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) February 16, 2013

Banning GOProud is bad PR, bad politics and bad form. #CPAC

— Harold Stickeehands (@StickeeNotes) February 16, 2013

THIS-> MT @amylutz4: #CPAC2013 still isn’t inviting @goproud? It’s about time the welcomed them into the conference.I don’t see the problem.

— Rachelle Friberg (@RachelleFriberg) February 16, 2013

We all want to kick out the progressives and leftists who are ruining America. So does @goproud. Why exclude them?!?!?!?!

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) February 16, 2013

I am a Conservative: If you have to be a jerk to someone, be a jerk to the socialist, not the guy who won’t compete with you for chicks.

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 17, 2013

And here’s something else the mainstream media won’t tell you: It’s not just squishes criticizing CPAC.

Hey @cpacnews, the folks agreeing with me aren’t hipsters or squishes. These are hardcore cons who love guns and God and hate progressivism.

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 16, 2013

Plenty of social conservatives are eager to fight liberalism alongside gay allies.

Y’all know I have strong opinions that oppose gay marriage, but I think it’s stupid that @goproud isn’t allowed at #cpac13. Really stupid.

— Madeleine McAulay (@m_mcaulay) February 16, 2013

As a socon, I don’t think @goproud should have been banned from @cpac. Lets unite on our common ground to defeat progressivism.

— #blackrepubprobz (@blackrepubprobz) February 16, 2013

@gpollowitz @goproud I’m conservative, against gay marriage but can’t understand why CPAC would do this.

— Jeremy Burns (@jeremyburns44) February 16, 2013

Most of ppl I know from @goproud are vastly more conservative than many of the groups allowed at #CPAC. Everyone should get seat at table.

— Andrew A Bair (@ProLifePolitics) February 16, 2013

I don’t support same-sex marriage. But I support our friends who want a place at our table to have a conversation. Shame on you @cpacnews .

— LilMissErinGoBragh (@LilMissRightie) February 16, 2013

<—- SOCON who is pro traditional marriage and loves @goproud‘s patriotism. Pls don’t paint me into a corner. You’ll lose 🙂 #tcot

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) February 16, 2013

Indeed, many gay conservatives are stalwart champions of fiscal conservatism, patriotism, the pro-life movement, and even — gasp! — traditional marriage. Meanwhile, the ACU promoted conservafraud Donald Trump and embraces Grover Norquist, a board member who has actively undermined conservative goals. (Norquist also joined the GOProud advisory council in 2010.)

In fact, CPAC welcomes many speakers who disagree with the ACU on crucial issues.

So #CPAC will ban fellow conservatives but allow someone like Chris Hayes to participate? SO MUCH FAIL.

— Wacko Bird Redness (@mchastain81) February 16, 2013

Yes, MSNBC host Chris Hayes received an invitation to speak on a CPAC panel this year. That’s the same Chris Hayes who said he was “uncomfortable” calling fallen soldiers “heroes.”

@sistertoldjah Didn’t they let Frum sponsor something in 2011? I seem to recall signs and stuff. @alwaysonoffense @becketadams

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) February 16, 2013

If we let the libertarians do their thing at CPAC, why not @goproud?

— Christine Rousselle (@crousselle) February 16, 2013

So, CPAC disses Gay conservatives, but welcomes Joe Scarborough who is not conservative and bashes conservatives on a regular basis. #Dumb

— Kathleen(@katnandu) February 17, 2013

Wait so CPAC is allowing that racist idiot Derbyshire to be involved but not @goproud?WTF

— Greg B (@gregb94) February 16, 2013

At least one conservative blogger suggested a free market solution.

Get some donors to throw millions of dollars at me to start an annual conference and I’ll make sure @goproud is there. How’s that?

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) February 17, 2013

Exit question from blogger Sister Toldjah:

Q from earlier: GOProud shldn’t have been ‘banned’ from CPAC, but it does bring up a Q: Where SHOULD CPAC draw the line on invites, if any?

— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) February 17, 2013

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