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Al Cardenas Is Going To ‘Vet’ Any Future Guests At CPAC, Includin GOProud

Al Cardenas, the new chairman of CPAC parent American Conservative Union, and whose name you’re going to forget until next year’s CPAC, has no problem letting GOProud join the party again next year. So long as they give up any pro-gay position they have. (To which I say: done!) In addition to believing no “Ronald Reagan conservative” could support same-sex marriage, Cardenas says of GOProud: “We’ll always be inclusive of who comes to CPAC, regardless of … your orientation. … It’s got nothing to do with your orientation. It’s got to do with the principles that you advocate. There are a number of gays in America who don’t advocate gays in the military issue or gay marriage. And so they’ll fit within the tent of what we stand for.” Also: If you’re a straight person who advocates on behalf of gay marriage, you too will be banned. “It’s not that easy. It’s complicated,” says Cardenas. Actually, it doesn’t sound all that complicated at all.