Grover Norquist Joins Gay Conservative Group GOProud
Take it as a further sign that homosexuality is becoming a far less divisive issue, even in conservative ranks:
Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has joined the advisory council of GOProud, the gay Republican group that recently — and unfortunately — drew attention when it was alternately derided and defended from the stage of CPAC. (The most notable critic, California activist Ryan Sorba, has unsuccessfully challenged GOP advisory board leader Tammy Bruce to a debate.)
In a statement going out later Tuesday, Norquist calls the group “an important part of the conservative movement.” No surprise there. Norquist has always made common cause with almost anyone on the right who’s fiscally conservative; his Wednesday meetings of the movement include representatives of social conservative groups who are at loggerheads with GOProud. Here you’ve got the fledgling gay group winning another seat at the table, and a leader of the conservative movement pulling the chair out for them.
Also joining the board: Margaret Hoover, a pundit and veteran of the George W. Bush administration, and the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover.
GOProud, which seems to have started as a breakaway group from the more well-known Log Cabin Republicans, describes itself thusly:
GOProud represents gay conservatives and their allies. GOProud is committed to a traditional conservative agenda that emphasizes limited government, individual liberty, free markets and a confident foreign policy. GOProud promotes our traditional conservative agenda by influencing politics and policy at the federal level.
This is very much inside-the-conservative-movement baseball, but Norquist’s move seems to be further evidence that socially “liberal”/fiscally conservative Republicans are on the rise.