From David Weigel’s blog at Slate:
I reported yesterday on new ACU President Al Cardenas’s “vetting” process for CPAC, and his statement that support for gay marriage or opposition to DADT are not “within the scope of what we believe the three legs of the stool of the movement are. Obviously, all eyes turned to GOProud when he said that. But I think that standard would create problems for libertarian groups, generally. Here’s what the Libertarian Party’s platform says about marriage.
“Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the
government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption,
immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or
restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices
and personal relationships.”
No social conservatism there.
He goes on to point out that Ron Paul’s Young Americans for Liberty and Campaign for Liberty could also encounter some difficulty with this new policy, depending on the manner in which the ACU vets participating organizations. Weigel also draws an important distinction about this debate:
Remember, the argument is over who gets to be a participating organization at CPAC, a status that comes with some influence over the conference, and not who gets to show up, speak, or rent a booth.
The LP typically limits its CPAC activities to a booth, so it should not encounter much difficulties under its present relationship with the conference. I will have a post up tomorrow on the reaction to the Libertarian Party at CPAC.