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CPAC Welcomes Gay Rights Groups After Years of Exclusion
The National Journal ^ | Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Beth Reinhard

Posted on 02/19/2014 8:42:04 AM PST by kristinn

Meet the kinder, gentler Conservative Political Action Conference.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, snubbed last year after palling around with President Obama, is coming. So is GOProud, the gay rights group that was banned for the past few years amid noisy boycotts from critics and supporters. There's even a panel debating the merits of medical marijuana.

"CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying 'no'," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs the conference in Washington, D.C. "We're determined to win the majority of American support."

The annual debate over CPAC's participants and focus reflects the broader, ongoing dialogue over growing the conservative movement and the Republican Party without compromising core principles. Gay rights are a major part of that debate, as conservative groups remain firmly opposed to gay marriage despite polls showing increasing and majority support.

The dispute with GOProud dates back to 2011, when a number of socially conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council, objected to the group's involvement and declined to participate. Insults were traded between GOProud leaders and ACU board members, culminating in the group's exclusion.

Two former GOProud summer interns, Ross Hemminger and Matt Bechstein, took over last summer and sought to repair the bitterly frayed relationship. Under a compromise reached last week, they will attend the March 6-8 gathering as guests, without sponsorship or a booth. GOProud sees the lower-profile role as an important first step.

"We really just want to be part of the conservative movement," said Hemminger, a veteran of the losing Senate campaigns by Scott Brown and Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts. "We want to establish a fruitful and respectful relationship."

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bigmistake; cpac; goproud; homosexualagenda
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1 posted on 02/19/2014 8:42:04 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Conservative? I don’t think so. I can call my F150 a 747, but it won’t fly.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 8:43:44 AM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: kristinn

Wow.

Doesn’t sound very “Conservative” to me!


3 posted on 02/19/2014 8:45:04 AM PST by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: LouAvul

They’re nothing but an agenda looking to infect the GOP.

Dave Agema is correct, the GOP puts opposition to gay marriage in the platform but has zero intent to uphold it. The GOP platform is nothing but voter bait.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 8:46:49 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: kristinn

I’ll never go again.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 8:47:44 AM PST by Born to Conserve
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To: kristinn

Lesser evil. We were told that’s needed remember?


6 posted on 02/19/2014 8:48:17 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: kristinn

I hope they will invite contingents of both abortionists and Stalinists. Both add so much diversity to an otherwise homogenous gathering.


7 posted on 02/19/2014 8:48:31 AM PST by madprof98
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To: kristinn
I hope I don't get flamed here, but I know several gay people who can not stand Obama or Hillary.
I want their votes, for our conservative candidates.
Lots of gay folks don't want to be Muslim, don't want to get nuked, don't like high taxes and many do not like abortion on demand.
Can we attract their votes without watering down our values?
8 posted on 02/19/2014 8:49:28 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

Their values are not ours. Their values are based on their sexual desires.

That we share some beliefs does not make them ‘one of us’.


9 posted on 02/19/2014 8:51:27 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Kansas58
Can we attract their votes without watering down our values?

The fact that their sexuality is their primary focus says no.
10 posted on 02/19/2014 8:52:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: kristinn

Karl Rove and Reince Pukus must be excommunicated.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 8:52:09 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: FReepers
Nothing Has Changed...........

Christopher Barron, GOProud Chairman of the Board: "We are a gay organization, we only work on gay issues, we have never claimed otherwise. My God people."

http://twitter.com/ChrisRBarron Aug 4, 2010; 4:04pm


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12 posted on 02/19/2014 8:52:52 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: kristinn

They might as well take the “Conservative” out of the CPAC name since it ain’t Conservative no more.


13 posted on 02/19/2014 8:53:47 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: kristinn

Another poor choice. But it is politically correct, I guess.
Sad days in and for America and many Americans.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 8:54:12 AM PST by mulligan (I)
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To: kristinn

Anyone who self identifies as anything other than a taxpaying American citizen is no conservative.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 8:54:21 AM PST by skeeter
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To: kristinn
>> "We really just want to be part of the conservative movement," said Hemminger, a veteran of the losing Senate campaigns by Scott Brown and Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts. "We want to establish a fruitful and respectful relationship." <<

We'll be happy to have you, when you stop advertising your sex life and identifying your political cause around who you sleep with.

16 posted on 02/19/2014 8:55:07 AM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: LouAvul
I can call my F150 a 747, but it won’t fly.

you aerophobe!

17 posted on 02/19/2014 8:55:10 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Timber Rattler

When people endorsed the ‘moderate’ Romney with their votes, and lesser evil bullXhit, they kicked the door wide open for this. Many of us said exactly this would be the result. We were attacked for it.

Yet we were right. Whether anyone will man up and admit it or not.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 8:56:19 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: kristinn

America is done ... roll up the sidewalks ... turn out the lights ...


19 posted on 02/19/2014 8:56:30 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Timber Rattler

FudgPAC


20 posted on 02/19/2014 8:56:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Norm Lenhart; Kansas58

I agree with Kansas; there is a lot of diversity among gay people; there are those whose identity is wholly their sexual orientation, and others who have conservative values and just want to live their lives without being harassed.

It is foolish to turn down the support of people we do not agree with 100%


21 posted on 02/19/2014 8:57:18 AM PST by DLfromthedesert (She accomplished nothing: should have stayed at home and baked cookies)
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To: Kansas58; kristinn
In my hometown, I happen to know an entire beauty salon of closeted Republican homosexual hairdressers.

Ironic, isn't it, that it's their Republican identity that they feel they must keep hidden from their peers?
22 posted on 02/19/2014 8:57:19 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: kristinn

translation: CPAC is dead.

they are under the delusion that homosexuals giving money means they will be left alone.


23 posted on 02/19/2014 8:57:47 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: knarf

Keep a close eye on “Operation American Spring”, May 16, 2014, in DC, it is comng.


24 posted on 02/19/2014 8:58:29 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Kansas58
Can we attract their votes without watering down our values?

That is for them to decide. Two party system, limited menu.

If public affirmation of what they perceive of as their as their identity is their core issue, then no, we cannot win their hearts without defiling ourselves.

If they choose to laugh it off, and accept that their peculiarity is not something conservatives want to hear about or accommodate, they may choose to vote conservative/RINO/Republican anyway.

The same goes for any special interest group or identifiable demographic subset that has a problem with full-spectrum conservatism.
25 posted on 02/19/2014 8:58:39 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: DLfromthedesert

Diversity is weakness. Diversity is what CPAC embraced. Sorry you prefer that over a UNITED America.


26 posted on 02/19/2014 8:59:10 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

After Terri Land stepped down to run for the Michigan senate seat, Mitt Romney’s niece took her place on the republican national committee.

Meanwhile Dave Agema is still under pressure to step down from his committee seat for speaking out against gay marriage.


27 posted on 02/19/2014 8:59:37 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; Grampa Dave; Lurker; Travis McGee; betty boop; joanie-f; meadsjn
"CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying 'no'," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which runs the conference in Washington, D.C. "We're determined to win the majority of American support."

You find conservative solutions by using conservative principles. You do not simply decide that "well, this is conservative now," so you can win majority approval.

By doing this, you not only cede ground to the liberal opposition to our nation and its underlying principles and morals, you surrender it to them.

Sorry CPAC, this is the absolute wrong way to go about finding "conservative solutions."

What you are actually doing is perverting and profaning consetvative principles and pimping them out to wholly unconservative movements in the hopes that those people who have no intention of ever becoming conservative will somehow "like," you.

I have news for you, ultimately they will stick a knife in your gizzard and cast you aside as they make render you irrelevent.

But true conservative principles remain. They are based on truth and are what they are...and they work. We must need educate people, painting bold colors, without comrpomising those principles in the least, as to how those principles will improve people's life and that of their loved ones...their kids and grandkids. That's how you win this battle...not by inviting the anti-thesis into your "tent."

America at the Crossorads of History
http://www.jeffhead.com/crossroads.htm

28 posted on 02/19/2014 8:59:43 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: kristinn

RINO convention.

Christie, head of the Republican Governors Assoc, recently signed into law in-state tuition for illegal aliens.

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, was a speaker at an Zuckerberg coordinated October event to pressure House Republicans into Amnesty. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3083705/posts

And now this.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 9:01:07 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: cripplecreek; Norm Lenhart; onyx

The fact that theu are saying we must include them BECAUSE they are gay.

Instead of them wanting to be included because they are CONSERVATIVE is a huge Red Flag to me.


30 posted on 02/19/2014 9:01:38 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Kansas58

Certainly. Keep your bedroom to yourself and don’t demand special rights.


31 posted on 02/19/2014 9:03:39 AM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Kansas58

>> Can we attract their votes without watering down our values?

That depends. What do “we” have to OFFER “them” in order to buy their vote?

Do they expect approval or endorsement of their sexual perversion? Sorry — no can do — and it’s not my choice, it’s a COMMANDMENT of ALMIGHTY GOD, Whom “me and my house” obey.

Now, if you’re saying “can’t we just avoid running off individuals who happen to be homo but keep that fact to themselves and otherwise mind their own business”? Yes, we probably COULD and SHOULD do that. In the same way that a homo who understands he’s engaging in behavior proscribed by GOD is welcome in the pew of a Christian church. (Just not the clergy, thank you very much.)

But then... that’s never how it is, is it? The homos don’t keep a low profile. Instead they band together into PRESSURE GROUPS with catchy names like “GOPProud”. What exactly do you think they’re proud of? Proud of conservatism? Hell no. Proud of their PERVERSION. And chomping at the bit to “mainstream” it and “celebrate” it. And get laws passed legitimizing it and criminalizing those who are against it.

Letting that camel’s nose under the tent is a BIG mistake. Mark my words.


32 posted on 02/19/2014 9:03:53 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: cripplecreek

lol!


33 posted on 02/19/2014 9:04:16 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: DLfromthedesert
When you name your daughter Jezabel, I will accept the word 'gay' or homosexual in relation to conservative or American.


What do you suppose people think when the see conservative and republican linked with homosexual ?

Ping me with your daughter's birth certificate

34 posted on 02/19/2014 9:04:26 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: cripplecreek

One need only look to the 1963 Communist goals to see how the Right was infiltrated and gutted from within. The same way academia was, Media was.

Wet we have complete fools that want to help speed the process by encouraging more of that infiltration right here on this thread.

I welcome the collapse. I really do. So many ‘conservatives’ seem to want it so very badly through their demonstrated actions that there seems little point in anything but accepting the satisfaction I’ll get watching them suffer the consequence of their actions.

Never have I seen a herd so determined to cull itself.


35 posted on 02/19/2014 9:05:54 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: KC_Lion; cripplecreek; Norm Lenhart

It’s another attempt at PC outreach which will only serve to P.O. the base.

Typical move on part of the losers at the top, who calling the shots.


36 posted on 02/19/2014 9:06:19 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

>> an entire beauty salon of closeted Republican homosexual hairdressers

You’re sitting on a reality teevee goldmine there, hon. :-)

When you get rich, remember me.


37 posted on 02/19/2014 9:07:22 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: cripplecreek

They can have their own PAC


38 posted on 02/19/2014 9:07:59 AM PST by Paul46360
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To: Kansas58
Can we attract their votes without watering down our values?

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No.

39 posted on 02/19/2014 9:08:37 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Nervous Tick

LOLOLOLOL.
Yeah, THAT would be somethin’ else.


40 posted on 02/19/2014 9:08:57 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: KC_Lion

Those of us that have ‘gay’ in their own families know first hand how ‘gay’ is the center of everything for them. And we know the damage it causes.

This ‘feel good’ nonsense about “I know conservative gay people” leaves out one important factor. They “Know” them superficially. They don’t “Know” what they are supporting. They think it’s all fuschia/fabulous interior decorating.

It ain’t. Gay is 24/7. And you either go with the program or be gutted from within.

Camel/nose/tent/done.


41 posted on 02/19/2014 9:10:01 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Jeff Head

So, when the pop culture begins to mainstream incest and pedophilia, I guess CPAC will invite folks from those groups as well.


42 posted on 02/19/2014 9:16:52 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: onyx

I really don’t know if it’s even possible for people to wake up anymore Onyx. I mean’ lets face it. They accepted a guy with a single digit conservative record, they make excuses for cronyism, they stand behind the Ryans, Rubios and Pauls despite their repeated push for illegal ‘rights’ and now CPAC has officially accepted gay after flirting with it a couple years back.

And STILL we have people thinking that the GOP and many so called ‘conservatives’ are actually worth supporting...that the Dem is worse.

The stupid in people burns like a magnesium fire.


43 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:11 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: kristinn
"We really just want to be part of the conservative movement," said Hemminger, a veteran of the LOSING Senate campaigns by Scott Brown and Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts.

...and we need his help WHY exactly?

If he REALLY wants to help,bring that winning formula of his over to the democrat side.....

44 posted on 02/19/2014 9:19:44 AM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: kristinn

I was thinking about going this year...guess not.


45 posted on 02/19/2014 9:20:46 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: kristinn

And the GOP move Left continues unabated.


46 posted on 02/19/2014 9:23:07 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Norm Lenhart
Those of us that have ‘gay’ in their own families know first hand how ‘gay’ is the center of everything for them. And we know the damage it causes.

You ain't kidding there FRiend.

I have a militant lesbian cousin who spends her life looking for oppression to be angry about. She deliberately applies for jobs at Christian institutions and then threatens to sue them if they don't hire her. She doesn't even want the jobs, she wants something to run to facebook and rile up her gay friends about.

She and her girlfriend went to a bank and wanted them to give she and her girlfriend a loan as a married couple. Since Minnesota didn't have gay marriage at that time the bank refused. The bank was however willing to give them a loan jointly but wouldn't list them as married. My cousin and her partner refused to accept it and immediately declared that the bank wouldn't give them a loan because they were gay.

Now that Minnesota has gay marriage and my cousin and her "wife" are married, they've fallen into a deep depression because they have nothing to be angry about. Now they're thinking about moving back here to Michigan so they can be happily enraged again.

BTW, my cousin has recently announced that she's a "republican".
47 posted on 02/19/2014 9:24:32 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LouAvul

NUTS


48 posted on 02/19/2014 9:29:19 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: cripplecreek

And that is EXACTLY how and why this is a death knell scenario. She and a few thousand like her did exactly that. Declared themselves Republican, infiltrated the Right and did exactly the kind of thins you described at the political level.

My Sister in Law was exactly the same way. They are mentally sick destroyers. And anyone that would help enable their insanity is no conservative. IMO they aren’t truly American is they crap all over everything America is supposed to be about.


49 posted on 02/19/2014 9:29:30 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Edit...”In that” they crap all over everything America is supposed to be about.


50 posted on 02/19/2014 9:31:20 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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