Gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans invited to CPAC

Wed. February 25, 2015 8:30 AM by

Gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) announced Monday that it will participate in a panel discussion at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

The news comes after the group alleged in a statement that it has been rejected from sponsoring the conference for the last three years.

During an appearance on Fox News' Red Eye, former Mitt Romney adviser Richard Grenell said that the event's organizer, the American Conservative Union (ACU), had "uninvited" him from speaking on a panel. The ACU has denied Grenell's claims, saying it has no record of inviting or uninviting Grenell to speak at this year's conference.

In 2012, Grenell abruptly quit his post as foreign policy spokesman for the Romney campaign and blamed the uproar over his sexual orientation for the separation.

LCR National Executive Director Gregory Angelo said in a statement that he was invited to speak on a panel at the conference following "fruitful conversations" with the ACU.

"It will be an honor to represent Log Cabin Republicans at CPAC 2015 as part of the panel Putin's Russia: A New Cold War? with Seth Cropsey, Carly Fiorina, Cliff May and Amanda Brickell Bellows," Angelo said.

"For years, all we have wanted is for Log Cabin Republicans to be able to provide a meaningful contribution to CPAC, be it as sponsors, speakers, or panelists," he added. "Now is not the time to make the perfect the enemy of the good. Log Cabin Republicans will continue working toward full sponsorship of future CPACs. In the meantime, I look forward to bringing the gay conservative perspective to CPAC 2015 on behalf of Log Cabin Republicans, as well as the message that when conservatives focus on unity rather than division, we win."

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