In an interview with Mediaite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, Log Cabin Republicans President Charles Moran defended Florida House Bill 1557, the Parental Rights in Education bill (aka the “Don’t Say Gay” bill). He noted his organization’s involvement in defeating a controversial amendment but also argued that many of the criticisms were inaccurately portraying the legislation’s actual current language.

It has been quite an evolution for LGBTQ Republicans at CPAC in just over a decade. In 2010, social conservative groups like the Family Research Council boycotted CPAC because GOProud, a now-defunct LGBTQ organization, was invited. The board of the American Conservative Union (the group that holds the CPAC event) voted to not allow GOProud to sponsor the conference in both 2012 and 2013. Whether or not to allow LGBTQ groups to even pay for a booth in the exhibition hall was a highly contentious debate for several years.

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