The leader of a pro-gay conservative group said that he believed that more American conservatives now welcome gays into their political community.
“The real story is that the conservative movement is more united than ever,” Christopher Barron of GOProud said on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Saturday.
He continued, “There are a few people, people like birther king Joseph Farah and the WorldNetDaily crowd who make their living trying to grab attention, grab headlines, divide the movement. The fact is the conservative movement is united. We`re winning…”
Guest host Cenk Uygur, however, questioned Barron’s definition of winning at a time when an overwhelming majority of Republicans voted against the repeal of the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
“Why won`t you recognize the most obvious, simple truth?” Uygur asked.
Barron replied, “Look, you wouldn’t have had ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repealed if it weren’t for those Republican votes.”
Eight Republican senators and 15 Republican House members voted for the repeal of the 17-year-old policy that required gay troops to hide their sexual orientation or face removal.
Republicans that voted against the repeal did so after the Pentagon issued a study showing that a majority of US troops cared not for the prospect of lifting the ban. Soldiers also said that the military could implement the change without a major disruption or upheaval.
The repeal effort also enjoyed broad support from the US public, as well as from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and US Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen.
Still, several right-wing anti-gay organizations planned to boycott the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February because an invitation was extended to Barron’s GOProud, according to WorldNetDaily.
“Look, Chris,” Uygur pleaded, “we have got to leave it here, but you’ve got to wake up, man. In 2004, they ran the whole national campaign against hating you. In 2006, they ran a whole national campaign against hating you.”
“I am wide awake,” Barron answered.
This video is taken from Crooks and Liars, broadcast Jan 1. 2011.