CPAC Purges Gay Conservative Group GOProud
After two years of controversy and boycotts by social conservatives, the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference have ousted GOProud, a gay conservative group, as a sponsor:
According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller, the gay conservative group GOProud and the ultraconservative John Birch Society won’t be co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2012.
The decision was reached by a full vote of the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) board of directors (the ACU sponsors CPAC).
Representatives of GOProud and the John Birch Society were notified of the decision via mail Friday afternoon.
The decision comes after GOProud’s 2011 sponsorship sparked severe criticism from ACU board members — and prompted several social conservative groups to boycott the event. The controversy reached a boiling point when GOProud’s chairman called respected ACU board member Cleta Mitchell “a nasty bigot.”