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CPAC Still Dedicated To 'Traditional Marriage'

Chrisbarron Pundits on the left and right alike claim inclusion of gay group GOProud at this year's Conservative Action Political Conference represents a defining moment for the right wing gathering.

Those who support GOProud's inclusion suggest the group can help bring LGBT into the conservative fold, while opponents, including heavy-weights like Focus on the Family's Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, describe GOProud's attendance as being "incompatibile" with conservatism's true mission.

But looking over the schedule of events for CPAC, which begins today with a speech by Rep. Michele Bachmann, it's clear that divisive anti-gay politics are still at the top of the conference's agenda: today, at 2:30PM, homophobic Bishop Harry Jackson and Tom Minnery, the head of Focus on the Family's political advocacy group, will participate in a seminar called "Traditional Marriage and Society."

Considering Jackson tried, and failed, to fight D.C.'s marriage equality law all the way to the Supreme Court, one can be pretty sure he won't be espousing the virtues of LGBT families and love.

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Chris Barron, chairman of GOProud's board, has been downplaying the protests surrounding his group, and recently remarked, "The truth is that it's five boycotters and 10,000 people who are attending the conference, so we're celebrating the 10,000 people and not the five who are boycotting."

He continued, "It would be a little like us announcing we were boycotting the DNC, even though we never participating in it. Most of the organizations speaking out weren't CPAC sponsors last year, so who the hell cares if they're boycotting, quite frankly?"

Barron may be more right than he knows, because these protests appear to be nothing than public posturing, while in private conservatives are still dedicated to erecting policies of exclusion.

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  1. GOProud deserves all the love they will feel at this hate-apolloza. Enjoy guys! Maybe afterwards you can all drink wine spritzers at the Holiday Inn hot tub and gossip about Michelle Bachmann's outfit.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 10, 2011 8:47:58 AM

  2. goproud is the worst.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Feb 10, 2011 10:27:40 AM

  3. I do not believe for a second that the conservative republicans have changed or will change their anti-gay agenda.
    My guess is that Jimmy LaSalvia, Chris Barron and their GOProud groupies will arrive at CPAC in beautiful, expensive suits and not do much except throw an boring party. As the journalist Chris Geidner wrote "Not exactly revolutionary."

    Posted by: excy | Feb 10, 2011 10:37:55 AM

  4. Perkins is with the Family Research Council, not Focus on the Family.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 10, 2011 11:00:41 AM

  5. Thanks for the heads up, Andrew. Made the change.

    Posted by: Andrew Belonsky | Feb 10, 2011 11:04:56 AM

  6. If Bishop Jackson is present at CPAC then he needs his and his church's tax exempt status removed IMMEDIATELY. C'mon IRS - do your friggin' job !

    Posted by: Tre | Feb 10, 2011 12:58:18 PM

  7. My, my, the irony. GOProud saying a tiny minority of attendees should be ignored.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 10, 2011 3:06:33 PM

  8. Well, good for them, considering traditional marriage is slowly dying. The traditional marriage is not the dominant form of family relationship in our society (if it ever was). We need to bring the debate into the 20th century. We need to fight for rights for all forms of families and WE need to be the ones to define those rights and families AGAINST the Democrats AND Republicans. It's time for the US government to catch up to society.

    Posted by: Genesis Revelations | Feb 10, 2011 5:16:13 PM

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