We touched on on this a little the other day, but here’s a link to the whole article from Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed – the reporter who visited both NOM’s anti marriage equality presentation and a panel encouraging tolerance of gay rights within the party. The photo (also by Chris Geidner) speaks volumes. Chris explains:
Mitchell and the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown looked down from a stage at the annual, signature conservative conference whose social values they’d fought to defend to find they’d lost their troops. “We are treated as if we are bigots,” Brown complained to a largely empty room, assembled for a panel dedicated to discussing the bullying they and other conservatives say they face from the Obama administration.
An hour later, speaking to a packed room at another CPAC panel about increasing tolerance in the party, GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia basically agreed. “We have tolerated something in our movement for far too long: anti-gay bigotry,” LaSalvia said. “Let me be clear, I do not believe that just because someone opposes same-sex marriage that that automatically makes them a homophobe. But there are, however, a few. There are a few in our movement who just don’t like gay people. In 2013, that just isn’t OK in America anymore.”
Read the whole article at the link above – it’s eye-opening. We truly are at a transformational moment for LGBT rights and marriage equality.