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Social conservatives back out of CPAC given the inclusion of gay conservative group GOProud


WorldNetDaily reports that the inclusion of GOProud, a gay Republican — or, in WND parlance, a “homosexual activist” — organization, in the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has caused the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America to announce they will skip the next conference, which will be held in Washington in February.

“We’ve been very involved in CPAC for over a decade and have managed a couple of popular sessions. However, we will no longer be involved with CPAC because of the organization’s financial mismanagement and movement away from conservative principles,” said Tom McClusky, senior vice president for FRC Action.

“CWA has decided not to participate in part because of GOProud,” CWA President Penny Nance told WND.

The genesis of this disagreement was a letter signed by GOProud and several local tea party groups asking conservatives to focus on economic issues as opposed to social issues. As Dave Weigel reported, that’s pretty much what Republicans plan to do anyway.

The FRC has reasons to stay out. After the passage of legislation repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, social conservative groups were very quiet — enough Republican legislators didn’t pay attention to FRC’s concerns, and 80 percent of people supported repeal anyway. Plus, the FRC hosts its own annual CPAC-style conference, the Values Voters Summit.

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Regardless, it’s a victory for GOProud, a self-styled insurgent gay Republican group: “We’re Joe Miller; Log Cabin is Lisa Murkowski,” said its founder of the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, where insurgent candidate Joe Miller challenged incumbent Republican Murkowski.

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