Skip to comments.Gay Republicans Rankle Conservatives At CPAC
Posted on 02/20/2010 1:07:12 PM PST by onyx
Several prominent social conservatives have bailed out of this year's CPAC convention because of the presence of a group of gay Republicans.
The three-day convention got started Thursday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC and will feature such anti-gay figures as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, media personality Ann Coulter, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Conservative media personality Glenn Beck is the event's keynote speaker.
Liberty University Law School, the Christian-based university founded by the late Jerry Falwell, backed out of the event after it was announced that the recently formed gay Republican group GOProud was a co-sponsor.
The group's leader, Jimmy LaSalvia, will participate in a panel discussion Saturday morning on using technology to mobilize conservatives.
A quick read of topics covered at the conference would lead one to believe the gay Republicans have walked into a den of lions. Anti-gay groups such as the Christian-based Focus on the Family Action, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and the Catholic Advocate will speak on a range of social issues, including one panel titled Saving Freedom from the Enemies of our Values.
On the exhibition floor, the gay Republicans have set up shop just two booths down from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage.
It's the ultimate Washington power grab to say let's have a federal constitutional amendment that will federalize the question of marriage, Christopher Barron, chairman of GOProud, told CNN.
NOM offered a terse message via POLITICO's Ben Smith to the gay Republicans. We have a message for GOProud on marriage: If you try to elect pro-gay marriage Republicans, we will Dede Scozzafava them. The majority of Americans, and the vast majority of Republicans, support marriage as the union of husband and wife, and NOM is here to make sure these voters and their voices are heard loud and clear, the group said referring to a Republican lawmaker who supports gay marriage and was squeezed out by social conservatives last November from pursuing a New York Congressional seat.
Who's the pansy at #CPAC10 ? - NOM can't even walk a few feet to deliver 'message', GOProud sparred back on Twitter.
Among the criticisms lobbed at gay Republicans from gay Democrats, however, is their apparent contradiction on gay marriage. The group says it supports the right of gay and lesbians to marry. But gay Republican groups have previously endorsed anti-gay marriage candidates, including Senators John McCain of Arizona and Scott Brown of Massachusetts.
CPAC ends Saturday.
GOProud's Conservative Agenda
The so-called "gay agenda" is defined by the left through a narrow prism of legislative goals. While hate crimes and employment protections may be worthy goals, there are many other important priorities that receive little attention from the gay community. GOProud's agenda emphasizes conservative and libertarian principles that will improve the daily lives of all Americans, but especially gay and lesbian Americans.
1 - TAX REFORM - Death tax repeal; domestic partner tax equity, and other changes to the tax code that will provide equity for gays and lesbians; cut in the capital gains and corporate tax rates to jump start our economy and create jobs; a fairer, flatter and substantially simpler tax code.
2 - HEALTHCARE REFORM - Free market healthcare reform. Legislation that will allow for the purchase of insurance across state lines - expanding access to domestic partner benefits; emphasizing individual ownership of healthcare insurance - such a shift would prevent discriminatory practices by an employer or the government.
3 - SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM - Bringing basic fairness to the Social Security system through the creation of inheritable personal savings accounts.
4 - DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPEAL - Repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
5 - HOLDING THE LINE ON SPENDING - Standing up for all tax payers against wasteful and unneccessary spending to protect future generations from the mounting federal debt.
6 - FIGHTING GLOBAL EXTREMISTS - Standing strong against radical regimes who seek to criminalize gays and lesbians.
7 - DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION - Opposing any anti-gay federal marriage amendment.
8 - ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship in the gay community.
9 - REVITALIZING OUR COMMUNITIES - A package of urban related reforms; expanding historic tax preservation credits; support for school choice.
10 - DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITY - Protecting 2nd amendment rights.
Romneycare is not anti-gay.
He forced fisting and gay marriage down the throats of all
Massachusetts citizens for Margaret Marshall and his
friends at the Boston Globe and the New York Times.
Conservative Turd-Burglar Ping, lol!
why are you linking to a homo magazine on FR?
That’s so gay.
this is a homo magazine that the Poster has posted. that’s why all those people are called “anti-gay” because they’re republicans & so the homos “feel bad” about them.
>"One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clintons dont ask, dont tell, dont pursue military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nations military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share."
Sincerely, W. Mitt Romney
Yeah, it’s not as though we didn’t know what their spin would be.
Ya gotta understand that “On Top Magazine” is written for gay consumption...lol.
Looks like Liberty Council and others got blindsided by these folks’ inclusion in the program.
With more warning, I think they could have chosen to stay and prepared a presentation to point out why they don’t agree with GOPride’s agenda. And if GOPride got offended with that and walked out, too bad so sad.
Kick the fags out.
They have a party - the other one.
CPAC erred big time. Maybe fatally. I posted GOProud’s “legislative conservative agenda” (their words) for all to see.
Gays don’t bother me. People who need to remind everyone that they’re gay do bother me because they want it to define them so people know who to pander to.
The fags punked them.
good job, stay strong and proud
Advocating a liberal agenda is hardly “conservative,” I don’t care what they cry.
The GOP lost big in 2006 and 2008 over m,oving to the left. If it continues, all the efforts to bring the base back will fail and we will see Democrats in power for a very long time as conservatives find or build a uninfested political home.
Between the assault of the anti-libereration Paulies and now gay avocates, all the advances made by TEA Party’s will be for naught.
Wake up GOP and see that the wolf is in the doorway.
I can believe there are homos who want a strong national security & to defeat the terrorists & to have a rational economy.
But if they’re pushing society-destroying issues like homo ‘marriage’ & open faggotry in the military, then they ARE dems.
I didn’t “link.” I posted their entire article so they wouldn’t get any hits and I posted it to show precisely how most gays view Republicans and mistake Republicans like Romney for conservatives.
I see thanks
Fresno, we have a Christmas day signup problem.
Yes, I think their agenda speaks for itself. I took it right from their linked website at CPAC.
That Romans passage from KJV is crystal clear.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. NIV
It’s not just the homosexuals who will not inherit the kingdom of God. Been greedy? Slandered someone? Know a swindler? Ever committed adultery? Ever idolized anyone or skipped Bible study [or church] to watch a television show or sport?
This Bible verse hit’s very close to home, huh?
CPAC is a shell of what it used to be. Both Sarah and Rush wisely took a pass this year.
CPAC made a HUGE mistake letting these guys come and set up a booth and boo speakers they don’t like.
People were already suspicious of CPAC, and I think this was a jump-the-shark move for them.
As for Mitt Romney, he was basically responsible for gay marriage in Massachusetts. The Mass. Supreme Court ordered the Mass. legislature to legislate gay marriage. The legislature refused to do so. But Governor Romney told all the clerks in the state that they either had to marry gay people or lose their jobs.
No one made him do that. No one COULD make him do that. He just went ahead and did it.
LOL. I hear ya, Jim!
Death by suicide!
Should people start GOPchess or GOPcheckers?
They do so because they are all about advancing the homosexual agenda. And as that agenda grows it pushes out other agendas. Homosexuals promote homosexuals, eventually they take over. That is their agenda and their are very effective at it.
While regular guys are home at night with the wife and kids, maybe thinking that the homosexuals are no problem to be concerned about anyway - the homosexuals are out networking nearly 24/7, for a reason.
Especially when they want to rub it in your face. Literally.
I sure as heck do not want to be rankled by anyone - most especially gay politicians.
Mitt Romney is a troll. Zot ‘em.
What do I care if mice are nibbling away in the pantry when my house is on fire???
Wedge issues, designed to dishearten, divide, confuse, and keeps us away from the polls IS NOT GOING TO WORK THIS TIME.
Everything you said is true, Cicero and yet, this gay magazine calls Romney anti-gay. LOL.
Stupid Romney, all that gay appeasing got him nothing from them, and nothing from us. He is a man WITHOUT core values and a man with their support or ours.
I don’t think any of them are anti gay. There’s a difference between being anti gay and wanting the gays to keep their lifestyle to themselves like everybody else. I think gay behavior is disgusting and immoral but that doesn’t mean I’m anti gay.
A bunch of men running away from a few homosexuals? Sounds kind of uh, gay.
I’LL GET THIS RIGHT - THIRD TIME IS A CHARM!
Everything you said is true, Cicero and yet, this gay magazine calls Romney anti-gay. LOL.
Stupid Romney, all that gay appeasing got him nothing from them, and nothing from us. He is a man WITHOUT core values and a man WITHOUT their support or ours.
Come on, just out yourself now. Geesh. I getting bored.
By the way, as long as you don’t expect me or mine to celebrate that lifestyle, I do not care.
Not as gay as your post.
Note that the Ron Paul goofballs huddled up with the Homo crowd to boo a good young conservative off the podium at CPAC.
It’s not about being anti gay, I could care less, but there advocating policies that are not conservative. If they were conservative, I’d welcome them any day over the Ron Paul disgraces. jmo
I totally agree with your post.
So true. That post is on point!
There is not a gay bone in my body, I just don’t run away at the thought of being on the same stage as a gay guy, like Liberty University does.