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04/19/2007


Michael Medved at CPAC: It's a 'Liberal Lie' That Some States Ban Gay Marriage — VIDEO

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At a CPAC panel sponsored by Focus on the Family, right wing talk show host Michael Medved called it a "liberal lie" that some states ban gay marriage, Right Wing Watch reports:

"Medved seemed to be citing the Religious Right talking point that marriage bans aren’t discriminatory since a gay person could marry someone of the opposite sex, which is the same arguments once made by opponents of the legalization of interracial marriage."

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Oliver North Tells CPAC That GOP Must Fight Gay Equality Like Abolitionists Fought Slavery: VIDEO

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In a speech at CPAC today, Oliver North accused Obama of treating service members like “laboratory rats in some radical social experiment” by repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and said conservatives must fight marriage equality like abolitionists fought slavery, Right Wing Watch reports.

Said North.

"Some say that we must ignore social issues, like the definition of marriage and the sanctity of life, religious freedoms. I say those are not social issues. They are deeply moral and spiritual issues and they should be a part of America's elections. In the 1850's, a political party was born on the idea of a great moral issue - human bondage, the abolition of slavery in America. If we as conservatives cease to be a place where people of faith and those who believe in strong moral values can come, we will cease to be a political force in America.”

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Chris Barron Resigns from GOProud Over CPAC Invitation

BarronGOProud co-founder and former chair Chris Barron has resigned from the organization following news that it had been invited back and accepted an invitation to CPAC after years of exclusion.

Said Barron to Buzzfeed:

“Last night I resigned from the Board of GOProud, the organization that I co-founded back in April of 2009. I cannot in good conscience sit by and watch as the current leadership of the organization disingenuously pawns off an unconditional surrender to the forces of bigotry as some sort of ‘compromise,’” Barron told BuzzFeed. “Nothing has changed in regards to GOProud and CPAC, GOProud does not have a booth, they are not a sponsor, they are not participating in any formal sense – individual members can attend and that’s exactly the terms ACU dictated the previous few years.”


GOProud Snaps Up Invitation to Return to CPAC

Conservative gay group GOProud is suddenly being welcomed back to CPAC after years of exclusion, the National Review reports:

GoproudTwo 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."

Dan Schneider, executive director of the ACU, praised the GOProud directors for their "new vision" of promoting conservative principles from gun rights to opposition to abortion.

"We welcome GOProud's attendance at this year's CPAC conference," Schneider said in an e-mail. "I believe their presence could help establish a productive relationship in the future."

LasalviaFormer GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia, who left the Republican Party this year, doubts this represents the kind of changes they're trumpeting:

"There has been no change in the ACU's policy since 2011," LaSalvia said in an e-mail. "There likely won't be real change at the ACU until their old, out-of-touch leadership retires."

Former GOProud Chair Chris Barron still has a bad taste in his mouth as well:

"If I was still running GOProud," he told me, "I wouldn't accept a three-fifths invitation to CPAC."

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union which runs CPAC, told the group in 2011 that they were welcome to come so long as they drop all support for gay rights measures.

This year, Cardenas says:

"CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying 'no.; We're determined to win the majority of American support."


Rick Santorum Says 'Will & Grace' to Blame for Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Tea Party Report's Susie Sampson posts a clip from a closed Q&A session at the recent CPAC conference in which Rick Santorum pins the blame for the demise of the entire "traditional marriage" movement on Will & Grace. It's actually something he's said before in other contexts.

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Michele Bachmann Won't Back Up CPAC Lies She Told About Obama, Runs from CNN: VIDEO

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Michele Bachmann fled CNN reporter Dana Bash when she tried to ask about claims she made over the weekend at CPAC about White House expenses, trying to turn the conversation back to Benghazi.

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What did Bachmann say at CPAC?

"A new book is out talking about the perks and the excess of the $1.4-billion-a-year presidency that we're paying for. And this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really, really late show. And I don't mean to be petty here, but can't they just push the play button? We are also the ones who are paying for someone to walk the president's dog, paying for someone to walk the president's dog? Now, why are we doing that when we can't even get a disabled veteran into the White House for a White House tour? That isn't caring!"

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