Log Cabin Republicans' CPAC Presence Is A Win For Gay Rights — But It's Not Enough
Last week, right-leaning gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans were allegedly banned from sponsoring CPAC. Now, after days of negotiations, CPAC has apparently relented: Log Cabin Republicans director Gregory Angelo will be heading to the conference as a panelist. This is a victory for the LBGTQ wing of the GOP, and a first step of many in making the conference inclusive of all conservatives, regardless of sexual orientation (and yes, it's sad that this even needs to be said).
In a statement released by the Log Cabin Republicans:
Angelo will be speaking on the CPAC panel “Putin’s Russia: A New Cold War?” Also participating on the panel is Carly Fiorina, who's not just the only woman considering a run for the GOP nomination, but also the Chair of a foundation sponsoring the event.
Log Cabin said in its statement that its goal was to provide a "meaningful contribution" and that has now been met, and that "now is the time to make the perfect enemy of the good." Angelo personally said in the statement:
On the panel, Angelo will have the opportunity to address the horrific abuses committed in Putin's Russia against the LBGTQ community, where offenses are rarely prosecuted, thanks to Putin's notorious "anti-gay propaganda" law.
But CPAC has another panel titled the "Future of Marriage In America," which undoubtedly should have a member of Log Cabin on it. It's unfortunate that a member of the LBGTQ community will not be addressing one of the preeminent issues of inequality in America — which, in any event, is likely to change soon. This shouldn't be overlooked, despite this win for Log Cabin.
Next year opens the door for more progress and a more visible role of gay rights groups at CPAC. As the United States moves closer to marriage equality (you can do it, SCOTUS!), CPAC organizers should certainly include a member of Log Cabin on a panel about it next year. CPAC could and should be a rallying point of unity — ideals of conservatism encompass everybody, whether gay and straight.
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