The head of the Log Cabin Republicans will participate on a speaker panel at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the group announced in a statement.
The organization's participation comes as Republicans seek to widen their tent to new members and as the group, which represents gay and lesbian conservatives, previously had been left out of CPAC's annual meetings — an issue that appears to be resolved with the acceptance of the invitation this year.
"There has been a great deal of confusion over the last 48 hours regarding the Log Cabin Republicans role in CPAC 2015. After some very fruitful conversations with the leadership of The American Conservative Union, we would like to express regret if anyone associated with The American Conservative Union felt unfairly maligned. That was never our intention," said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo, who calls the invitation "an honor."
"For years, all we have wanted is for Log Cabin Republicans to be able to provide a meaningful contribution to CPAC, be it as sponsors, speakers or panelists. Now is not the time to make the perfect the enemy of the good," Angelo added.
"Log Cabin Republicans will continue working toward full sponsorship of future CPACs. In the meantime, I look forward to bringing the gay conservative perspective to CPAC 2015 on behalf of Log Cabin Republicans, as well as the message that when conservatives focus on unity rather than division, we win."
Angelo is set to appear on a panel discussion — "Putin's Russia: A New Cold War?" alongside Seth Cropsey, Carly Fiorina, Cliff May and Amanda Brickell Bellows.
Previously, the group had suggested that CPAC organizers were "hiding behind a fig leaf stating gay people are welcome as guests," Mediaite reported,
noting allegations by former Mitt Romney adviser Richard Grenell, who is gay, that he'd been allegedly "uninvited" to speak.
Grenell discussed the speaking opportunity flap on Fox News' "Red Eye" program. CPAC organizers, according to Mediate, said they had no record that he had been invited to speak this year.
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