Pro-Gay Panel At CPAC Is Packed. National Organization For Marriage’s, Not So Much


PHOTO: Though GOProud and other gay conservative groups were banned from hosting any events themselves at the conservative circle-jerk known as CPAC, a group calling itself Competitive Enterprise Institute was able to get approval for the LGBT-rights panel “A Rainbow on the Right,” held Wednesday night.

At the well attended event, an emotional Jimmy LaSalvia told the crowd, “This room is the future of the GOP.”

He went on to explain why conservatives have to be on the offensive regarding discrimination, according to Salon: “Bigotry has to be called out and condemned… If we don’t stand up to it, everyone will think we agree with it.”

Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner snuck over to a panel run by the National Organization For Marriage, where he tweeted there was “lots of room.” Apparently NOM Brian Brown, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro and anti-gay activist Cleta Mitchell just aren’t the draw they used to be.

  NOM panel

In the interest of fairness, here’s the photo NOM tweeted on it’s account. Um, are Shapiro, Mitchell and Brown in the witness-relocation program?

Photos: Dave Weigel, Chris Geidner, NOM