Calling it an “unconditional surrender” to what he labeled the anti-gay wing of the conservative movement, a co-founder of GOProud has resigned from the organization’s board after the gay Republican group announced it would attend the CPAC gathering next month while facing certain restrictions on its participation.
The American Conservative Union, which runs the conference, announced on Wednesday that the group will attend as guests, ending several years when GOPround was not invited. GOProud members will be included in all events, but the group will not be given a sponsorship or a booth, under the arrangement.
“It’s beyond disingenuous for GOProud leadership to say this is some sort of compromise or a step forward,” co-founder Chris Barron said. “It’s a kin to the Germans saying the Treaty of Versailles was a compromise.”
Barron said he first learned GOProud would attend from the news.
“The current leadership of the organization didn’t even do the service of letting the board know that it happened,” he said.
“I assumed this would be a step forward,” Barron added. But after reading the details of the limitations on the group’s participation, Barron said he realized it was an “unconditional surrender” to the anti-gay arm of the conservative movement.