The American Conservative Union recently sent a letter to GOProud informing them that they would not be allowed to co-sponsor the group’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This year GOProud, a national LGBT republican organization, was a co-sponsor of CPAC and also participated in it in 2010.“As a courtesy to your organization, a previous co-sponsor of CPAC, this letter serves to inform you GOProud will not be invited to participate in a formal role for CPAC event scheduled during the 2012 election cycle,” the letter read.
However the ACU graciously also tells GOProud members they are still welcome and encouraged to attend as individuals.
GOProud released a statement expressing their disappointment:
“For the last two years, GOProud has sought to support CPAC and keep the conservative movement united. Unfortunately, elements inside and outside of ACU have pushed their own narrow, divisive and sometimes personal agenda. They have done so at the expense of the conservative movement. What is truly sad is that this troubling development takes place at a time when we should be united and focused on defeating Barack Obama.”
The conservative movement has been at odds with itself over GOProud’s involvement in the conference since GOProud’s formation two years ago. This past year some conservative heavyweights such as Andrew Breitbart and Sarah Palin expressed the group should be welcome and allowed to attend, while Ann Coulter spoke at GOProud’s 2010 “Homocon” fundraiser in New York City.
However other conservative groups such as The HeritageFoundation, Family Research Council, and American Family Association, alongwith Sen. Jim DeMint and republican hopeful Mike Huckabee decided to boycott the 2011 CPAC because of GOProud'sinclusion.
In April Executive Director of GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia told SFGN he was surprised at some of the resistance.
“Our experience at CPAC though was overwhelming positive and [people] were thanking us for being there,” he said.