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    GOProud Leader Resigns Over CPAC

    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11:  Participants talk with a representatives from GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies, at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park February 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Many traditionally conservative organizations, including Heritage Foundation and the Media Research Center, have withdrawn their support because GOProud was accepted as a sponsor. A dozen potential Republican presidental hopefuls are set to address CPAC, the biggest gathering of conservative activists in the country.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    When the American Conservatives Union announced Wednesday that GOProud, the Republican gay group, would attend CPAC as guests, it seemed like a progressive step after years of snubs. However, GOProud co-founder Chris Barron has quit the organization, saying it was an “unconditional surrender” to attend CPAC—but not be allowed to be given sponsorship or a booth under the terms of the invitation. “It’s beyond disingenuous for GOProud leadership to say this is some sort of compromise or a step forward,” Barron said. “It’s a kin to the Germans saying the Treaty of Versailles was a compromise.”

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