Perhaps the greatest thing about the GOProud/CPAC kerfuffle is that it makes manifest something we gay conservatives have long observed, that while we may not agree with our ideological confrères on all issues, they do welcome us into the movement.
As Greg at Rhymes with Right reminds us, the Gipper himself pioneered the notion of the Big Tent:
Ronald Reagan recognized the men and women of good will can differ on issues yet still remain friends and allies. Such differences are the basis for discussion, not excommunication from the greater conservative movement. And as I look at GOProud’s platform, i find them to fall within the mainstream of conservatism.
No, media narratives notwithstanding, we are not viewed as party crashers. Real conservatives agree with the Gipper. If you’re with us on most issues, come join us in the fight for freedom. Ronald Reagan would look at GOProud’s platform and welcome this fledging conservative organization into the movement he helped create.