Sunday, January 30, 2011

Conservative Groups Again Withdraw From Conference Due To Gay Co-Sponsorship

Before the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC, a campaign was launched against the co-sponsorship of the gay conservative group GOProud, led by Jimmy LaSalvia (left). Now conservative groups are withdrawing before the 2011 event next month for the same reason. Why does GOProud again sponsor this conference when so many participants loathe its presence?

...some conservative pillars, including church-based groups like the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and Liberty University and others like the Heritage Foundation, are refusing to participate. They are angry that the gay organization, GOProud, has been given a seat at the planning table. These groups are implacable opponents of same-sex marriage, which they say GOProud implicitly endorses by saying that the question should be left to the states.

...A host of large and small church-based groups is boycotting the conference because of GOProud’s role. Its status was also cited by some secular groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center, when they dropped out this year.

...“GOProud is working to undermine one of our core values,” said Mathew D. Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law. Letting gay men and lesbians attend the conference is one thing, he said, “but they shouldn’t be allowed to be co-sponsors.”

...GOProud was founded by Christopher R. Barron, a public relations consultant, and Jimmy LaSalvia, now its executive director, to “give a voice to gay conservatives.”

...“The reason the boycotters applied a litmus test to us is because we were born gay,” he said.

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