The Daily Beast
March 15, 2013

Gay Republican groups were not invited to this year’s CPAC. Yet at the end of the first day, perhaps the most crowded conference room turned bar at Maryland’s Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was the one occupied by a panel called “A Rainbow on the Right: Growing the Coalition, Bringing Tolerance Out of the Closet.” The event was hotly anticipated—and overly crowded—as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank actually invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference, circumnavigated the snub by hosting its own panel on same-sex marriage and asked GOProud co-founder and executive director Jimmy LaSalvia and others to speak.