The Log Cabin Republicans are super upset — and we don't blame them!
The GOP group that supports LGBTQ rights were officially uninvited to June's Western Conservative Summit, a conference in Colorado which gathers some of the most influential minds on the right.
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The awful announcement was made this past Wednesday by summit chairman and institute director John Andrews, who claimed the Log Cabin Republicans "advocate contrary to our agenda and our core beliefs."
He also said:
"The Log Cabin Republicans exists to redefine the family. Log Cabin Republicans think gay marriage should be the law of the land, and Colorado Christian University doesn't believe it should be."
Initially the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans were invited to participate in the summit at a reduced fee, but that $250 fee was refunded this week and were told by John Andrews that they couldn't attend "as a partner, exhibitor or advertiser" and also told them that their "worldview and policy agenda are fundamentally at odds with what Colorado Christian University stands for."
So not cool to do this and also to do it at the last minute after inviting the Log Cabin Republicans there in the first place.
Adding insult to injury, the Log Cabin Republican members were told they could still attend the summit — as ticket-purchasing audience members!
Log Cabin Republican and Colorado resident Michael Carr said:
"It is a pretty common issue we face. They'll take our money but want us in the closet. This is the most important time for us to be reaching out to all types of groups and people, all types of Republicans, all types of conservatives. Young people especially want to see a robust political debate, and this disinvitation is the exact opposite of that. Being perceived as anti-gay turns young people off even more than it does the general public."
The Human Rights Campaign has asked some of the main speakers like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ben Carson NOT to show up to prove a point!
HRC vice president Fred Sainz said:
"As a potential candidate, Gov. Walker should lead by example and tell the organizers that he will pull out of this event unless they allow equal access to LGBT Republicans."
Hopefully enough people will make their voices heard, and the UNvitation will get rescinded — or the invitation will get UN-rescinded. You know what we mean! LOLz!
At the end of the day, if conservatives shut out all other viewpoints — including those in their own party — how are they ever going to learn and grow??
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