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Partial Apology from GOProud

By on 2.10.11 | 6:01PM

From a report at Frum Forum:

Asked for GOProud’s response, the group’s chairman apologized for his comments about Cleta Mitchell. “For the past six months, we have watched as unfair and untrue attacks have been leveled against our organization, our allies, our friends and sometimes even their families. Everyone has their breaking point and clearly in my interview with Metro Weekly I had reached mine. I shouldn’t have used the language that I did to describe Cleta Mitchell and for that I apologize,” said Chris Barron.

Still no apology to Sen. Jim DeMint or others for saying they belonged on the "island of misfit toys." No apology either for calling Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council a "bigot." But at least it's a (very) belated step in the right direction. He'll need to take a lot more steps to make up for his slander, though.

He needs to understand that objections to his group's participation stems from their policy positions and the way they have pushed them -- what they believe and how they act politically, not who they are in private. Going beyond pushing a state recognition of certain contractual rights for homosexuals, all the way to demanding state-approved homosexual marriage, is so obviously a fundamental change in conservatism as to clearly be a cause for serious misgivings. Of course there would be a protest from conservative groups. If a group openly pushing permanent nationalization of a major industry wanted to be a CPAC sponsor, there would be a big controversy about that as well. That's not bigotry; it's politics.

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