As we noted yesterday, the American Principles Project and several other Religious Right goups have been threatening to boycott next year’s CPAC conference if the gay conservative group GOProud to participate again this year.
Now WorldNetDaily is reporting that the pressure is getting to organizers at the American Conservative Union, which has decided to put to issue to a vote before CPAC’s board of directors, and that more groups are planning on boycotting the event if GOProud is not given the boot:
The Conservative Political Action Conference board of directors is voting whether to permit a homosexual activist group, GOProud, to participate in CPAC again this year.
CPAC’s organizer, the American Conservative Union, is under pressure after the American Principles Project issued an open letter announcing its withdrawal from the conference over GOProud’s participation.
“If someone is tempted to think for a moment that GOProud is a benign force, then they should examine GOProud’s insistence that the Republican party abandon social issues entirely. This makes them the friend of the Democratic party, which long ago embraced every radical sexual expression under the sun,” said Robert Knight, senior correspondent for Coral Ridge Ministries.
With several more social conservative groups dropping out or threatening to do so behind the scenes, ACU chairman David Keene called on CPAC’s board of directors to decide whether GOProud should be welcomed at the conference for a second straight year, according to a source on the board.
The results of the vote will be announced on Monday.
“We’ve decided to put our resources elsewhere,” said Mat Staver, president of Liberty Counsel. “We’re going to attend the Values Voters Summit and Awakening 2011.”
Staver explained that the latter conferences would both respect all three legs of the conservative “stool” described by President Ronald Reagan: fiscal responsibility, strong national defense and social conservatism.