The Republican/conservative National Review slammed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) because it "has excluded the gay conservative group GOProud and declined to invite New Jersey governor Chris Christie" from its March 14-16 conference in Washington.
"The sponsors and organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are voluntary associations that are of course entitled to advocate conservative causes as they see fit, including by controlling who is and who is not invited to participate in the conference," writes the National Review. "But as friends of CPAC and fellow conservative advocates, we nevertheless regret that CPAC has excluded the gay conservative group GOProud and declined to invite New Jersey governor Chris Christie."
CPAC is chaired by Miami's Al Cardenas, former head of the Republican Party of Florida.
Cardenas is long on record distancing himself from GoProud (the conservative gay group was also excluded from the 2012 CPAC conference) and declaring his opposition to marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples: “Not a Ronald Reagan conservative," as he described himself in 2011.
From his CPAC bio: Al Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and came to the United States with his parents at the age of 12. Today, he and his wife of 33 years, Diana, reside in Key Biscayne, Florida. They have five children and five grandchildren.
Two years ago, Diana Cardenas made national news after I published her views on gay rights following a public Facebook wall conversation she had with GOP activist Ana Navarro (who last week signed a Supreme Court brief in favor of gay marriage) and others.
Diana Cardenas : I am just tired of this topic being shoved in our face continually by all these gay activists and I have to ventilate my feelings.... You know I always wondered why homosexuals are referred to as 'gay', kind of an oxymoron? Nothing really 'gay' about them or their movement......I am all for intellectual honesty too!!
Click here to read the complete Facebook exchange, which someone deleted after Diana Cardenas got into hot water.