Would CPAC's Vetting Process Kick Out Libertarians?

Would CPAC's Vetting Process Kick Out Libertarians?

Would CPAC's Vetting Process Kick Out Libertarians?

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 18 2011 10:33 AM

Would CPAC's Vetting Process Kick Out Libertarians?

I reported yesterday on new ACU President Al Cardenas's "vetting" process for CPAC, and his statement that support for gay marriage or opposition to DADT are not "within the scope of what we believe the three legs of the stool of the movement are. Obviously, all eyes turned to GOProud when he said that. But I think that standard would create problems for libertarian groups, generally. Here's what the Libertarian Party's platform says about marriage.

Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the
government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption,
immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or
restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices
and personal relationships.

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No social conservatism there. Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty don't have stated positions on gay marriage or DADT, but Paul voted to repeal DADT in the House. For what it's worth, libertarians I talk to are far more nervous about "vetting" than GOProud, but so much depends on the process. If it's a strict reading of platforms, all of these groups save the LP are safe; if it's an interview process, it's tricky.

(A quick caveat that people keep missing: Remember, the argument is over who gets to be a participating organization at CPAC, a status that comes with some influence over the conference, and not who gets to show up, speak, or rent a booth.)

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.