CPAC Won't Let Log Cabin Republicans, A Gay Rights Group, Sponsor It & The ACU's Excuse Is Bogus

A Republican group that advocates for gay rights, the Log Cabin Republicans, says it's been barred from sponsoring CPAC. Again. The American Conservative Union (ACU) sponsors CPAC, which serves as an annual platform to rank Republican officials and activists. And this year, once more — for reasons contested between Log Cabin and the ACU — Log Cabin should be present, but won't be.

The group's Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo said in a statement:

In response, the ACU's Chairman Matt Schlapp sent a statement to POLITCO:

Then this happened: Schlapp, talking to Politico about the problem of Log Cabin joining the sponsors list, said: “It’s a great discussion to have, but at CPAC it’s about bringing conservatives together." He finished with “It’s not a Republican event, it’s a conservative event.”

Oof.

The organization is probably trying to save themselves with this excuse — predetermining that Log Cabins wouldn't even qualify because it's not "conservative." But if you look at typical sponsorship, this statement doesn't hold up. The CATO Institute says it provides speakers to support societies "founded on libertarian principles." Many libertarians would argue that they are not conservatives. The libertarian-learning Competitive Enterprise Institute has also sponsored the event, even hosting a tolerance panel on-site "A Rainbow on the Right" (unsurprisingly, CPAC did not endorse it).

So let's examine the Log Cabin mission statement and see how not "conservative" they are.

OK, it might say "Republican," but all else indicates an alignment with what CPAC represents. There's nothing not "conservative" about that list, plus it's insane that the ACU labels libertarian organizations more "conservative" than Republican ones.

The Log Cabin's statement addressed this:

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In an op-ed for The Daily Caller, Angelo writes that he wants official Log Cabin participation at CPAC that's "meaningful," and "meaningful participation does not begin and end with buying a ticket to CPAC." CPAC is hosting a panel on "The Future of Marriage in America," which — surprise! — doesn't feature any organizations promoting LBGTQ rights. But even if Log Cabin hadn't applied, it would be in the interest of the ACU to reach out to the organization about forming a partnership.

A poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post noted that four in five percent of millennials support gay marriage. Conservatives already have a problem with this demographic, and barring gay-rights organizations from sponsoring the preeminent conservative conference isn't just discriminatory, it further alienates this demographic. It detracts from the overall message of conservative groups. This needs to stop. And the conversation needs to change.

It's 2015. Come on — let's get with the program and put Log Cabin on the CPAC agenda.

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