- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The gay conservative group Log Cabin Republicans announced on Monday that it will be able to participate in a panel discussion at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, following years of being excluded from the event.

For the last two years, the Log Cabin Republicans have been invited to attend CPAC as regular guests, but not to participate in the event. Last week members claimed the the American Conservative Union (ACU), which organizes CPAC, again denied their request to participate.

The group’s national executive director, Gregory T. Angelo, said the ACU was “hiding behind a fig leaf stating gay people are welcome as guests,” Mediaite reported.

The ACU said the group had never formally applied. Emails provided to Politico showed that Mr. Angelo contacted ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp and Executive Director Dan Schneider to inquire about sponsorship — a message Mr. Angelo said went unanswered.

An ACU representative would not explain why the emails went unanswered, but said the information for sponsorship is readily available online, Politico reported.

After days of back and forth, the Log Cabin Republicans announced in a new statement on Monday that they are invited this year to participate in a panel discussion at the conference on Feb. 28 following “fruitful conversations” with ACU leadership. 

“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,” Mr. 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.”

Log Cabin Republicans will continue working toward full sponsorship of future CPACs,” he said.

In an email to The Hill, Mr. Angelo said he was disappointed the group was not allowed to sponsor the event this year, “but I’m not going to make the perfect the enemy of the good.”

“This panel is an important opportunity to show LCR is more than just ‘the gay marriage Republicans,’ and to bring a unique perspective to CPAC not represented anywhere else during this year’s conference,” he said.

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