Former GOProud Head Not Impressed With CPAC’s New Gay “Inclusion”

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 19 2014 3:09 PM

Former GOProud Head Not Impressed With CPAC’s New Gay “Inclusion”

51257548-political-director-of-the-log-cabin-republicans-chris
Chris Barron doesn't want gay Republicans to get "three-fifths" representation.

Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

The run-up to CPAC, the annual conference of conservatives, is traditionally marked by a few weeks of what-it-means coverage. Chris Christie wasn't invited in 2013, but will be there next month—story No. 1. Story No. 2, from Beth Reinhard, is that the conference has reversed its policy on inviting gay Republican groups, after two years of sore feelings. CPAC will include "GOProud, the gay-rights group that was banned for the past few years amid noisy boycotts from critics and supporters," after its new bosses cut a deal with the American Conservative Union.

Two former GOProud summer interns, Ross Hemminger and Matt Bechstein, took over last summer and sought to repair the bitterly frayed relationship. Under a compromise reached last week, they will attend the March 6-8 gathering as guests, without sponsorship or a booth. GOProud sees the lower-profile role as an important first step.

Hang on—as guests? This is an event that allows the John Birch Society to set up a booth, and GOProud still can't?

Advertisement

ACU's disagreement with GOProud was noisy and personal, and poisoned when then-Chairman Chris Barron told reporter Chris Geidner that ACU board member Cleta Mitchell was a "nasty bigot." That was in 2011, when GOProud co-sponsored the conference. GOProud wasn't allowed to co-sponsor CPAC ever again. Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud's former executive director, grew so tired of Republican Party positions on gay rights that he quit it.

"If I was still running GOProud," he told me, "I wouldn't accept a three-fifths invitation to CPAC."

With that reference to the diminished status of pre-Civil War black Americans, the LaSalvia-ACU feud continues. The GOProud-ACU feud is on pause, in a way that advantages the old right over the gay right.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Ridiculously Polite. That’s What Scares Beijing So Much.

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

A Jaw-Dropping Political Ad Aimed at Young Women, Apparently

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:05 PM Today in GOP Outreach to Women: You Broads Like Wedding Dresses, Right?
Music

How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

How Tattoo Parlors Became the Barber Shops of Hipster Neighborhoods

This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century

Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 8:34 AM This Gargantuan Wind Farm in Wyoming Would Be the Hoover Dam of the 21st Century To undertake a massively ambitious energy project, you don’t need the government anymore.
  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 2 2014 9:19 AM Alibaba’s Founder on Why His Company Is Killing It in China
  Life
Outward
Oct. 2 2014 9:58 AM No Word Yet From the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage 
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 2 2014 10:04 AM Wearing the Button-Down Shirt of the Boy You Once Loved
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 2 2014 9:49 AM In Medicine We Trust Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?