The Heritage Foundation has pulled out of the CPAC (I'm not even conservative and it's hard to imagine a conference establishing itself as the center of American movement conservatism without them):
"We believe in the traditional definition of the family," Gonzalez explained. "We believe in defending the family against any threats that come against it. We're not for gay marriage. We don't think institutions that have existed for millennia can be done away with at the drop of a hat."
Gonzalez emphasized that the "three pillars" of conservatism, economic liberty, national defense and social conservatism, are "indivisible."
Smaller orgs like the Media Research Center, Vision for America, and Patriot Depot have also dropped out since I last posted about the orgs leaving the CPAC because the homocons are attending. A CPAC board person said that the boycott means that they'll probably consider forcing GOProud out:
A member of the CPAC board of directors put the revolt in perspective.
"This is a huge blow to CPAC," said Floyd Brown, president of the Western Journalism Center and founder of Citizens United. "It shows the CPAC leadership needs to do a full evaluation of their decision to allow this homosexual group to be a participating organization."
They probably will, since, at the end of the day, GOProud isn't going to be winning elections for the Republican Party any time soon.
But this discussion has gotten conservatives to hone in that talking point about national security, libertarianism, and social conservatism all being important "allies," as if they were unrelated in the first place. Conservatism when it comes to national security and law enforcement becomes necessary when libertarianism ravages an economy and a populace doesn't have much left, and social conservatism is a cultural outgrowth of authoritarianism, the same authoritarian impulse required to get people who aren't rich to think that having an aristocracy is a great thing.
That gay people can also buy into that mindset isn't unbelievable. And that's exactly the problem here: no matter how much these folks say they oppose "the gay agenda" and "radical homosexual activism" instead of LGBT people themselves, it's really about the people. Consider:
"Homosexuals can get involved in the conservative movement any way they want, but to come in and push an agenda that's contrary to biblical values, traditional values and rational moral values, that's another thing," said Gary DeMar, president of American Vision and Vision for America. "We wouldn't exclude adulterers from participating, but if there were a group of adulterers who said 'we want adulterers' rights,' we're going to say no."
Yes, that's a very common line. But what, exactly, is the agenda that GOProud has that's contrary to conservatism? Other than DADT repeal, which is pretty much over, they don't advocate any of the stock gay agenda items. Marriage, employment protections, hate crimes legislation, partnership recognition, parental rights, medical autonomy, funding for HIV/AIDS... those aren't things that they actually advocate about over at GOProud.
The issue is that they're gay. At least that much is clear now.