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According to today’s The DailyCaller, American Conservative Union (ACU) President Al Cardenas announced on CSPAN that his organization, which hosts the annual CPAC event, will now vet organizations before allowing them to participate.
The statement hints that gay conservative organizations like GOProud and other groups determined insufficiently conservative by the American Conservative Union may not be welcome at next year’s CPAC.
Cardenas said that groups advocating for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” or supporting gay marriage would not be welcome.
“There are a number of gays in America who don’t advocate gays in the military or gay marriage. They’ll fit within the tent,” Cardenas said.
It is unclear if an organization such as ours — which advocates for individual liberty and personal responsibility — will “fit within the tent”. (In the above photo, RLC Chairman Dave Nalle speaks with students at the 2011 RLC booth at CPAC.)
The “Personal Liberties” section of the RLC Statement of Principles includes the following language:
“We affirm the principle that individual rights and liberties are unlimited, as specified in the Ninth Amendment. No law should deny, disparage or restrict the right of every person to privacy, freedom of travel, association, possession of substances, or adult consensual behaviors. We oppose any requirement of government authorization prior to exercising those fundamental freedoms.”
In other words, Republican Liberty Caucus members do not believe that government has the authority to restrict the non-violent associations of consenting adults.
The Republican Liberty Caucus’s participation in the 2011 CPAC conference was met with support and enthusiasm by those who attended the conference. Students and others told us they enjoyed learning more about a grassroots organization committed to restoring America’s Founding principles.
The RLC has been consistent in support of the defense of individual rights and liberties, and praised the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in 2010 while also blasting the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004. RLC members believe that limited government requires fair and equal treatment of all peaceful, law-abiding citizens.
Please contact the American Conservative Union’s Board members today to let them know what you think of Mr. Cardenas’s comments: (703) 836-8602.