Peeved Righties Boycott CPAC Over Gay Invite
They withdraw because GOProud will be at February event
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2010 12:24 PM CST
The crowd cheers during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Culture wars on the right: Two big conservative groups—the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America—won't participate in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February because the gay group GOProud is invited. Controversy over the group surfaced last year when a CPAC speaker publicly rebuked organizers for inviting GOProud, only to be met with boos from the audience, notes Talking Points Memo.

In another high-profile incident, the right-wing World Net Daily—which first reported the withdrawal of FRC and CWA here—cut ties with Ann Coulter because she agreed to address the gay group. GOProud's executive director tells Talking Points Memo: "It takes a broad-based conservative organization to come together to work, to offer solutions to the problems facing our country, and we think it takes everybody. And we hope all conservatives will participate in CPAC."