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Focus On The Family May Boycott Conservative Conference Over Gay Cosponsor

MARK BARNA   01/ 5/11 12:45 PM ET   AP

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado-based Focus on the Family is considering ending its sponsorship of a national conservative political action rally because of the involvement of a gay conservative group.

The lobbying arm of Focus on Family, CitizenLink, is a co-sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., next month.

CitizenLink senior vice president Tom Minnery told The Gazette that the group is participating partly to help offset the influence of the gay group, GOProud. But he says this may be the last year it's a sponsor.

Sarah Palin and Mike Hucakbee are among those invited to speak at the conference.

GOProud participated last year and one group pulled out. This year, the Family Research Council and several others are boycotting it.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado-based Focus on the Family is considering ending its sponsorship of a national conservative political action rally because of the involvement of a gay conservative group.

The lobbying arm of Focus on Family, CitizenLink, is a co-sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., next month.

CitizenLink senior vice president Tom Minnery told The Gazette that the group is participating partly to help offset the influence of the gay group, GOProud. But he says this may be the last year it's a sponsor.

Sarah Palin and Mike Hucakbee are among those scheduled to speak at the conference.

GOProud participated last year and one group pulled out. This year, the Family Research Council and several others are boycotting it.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

(This version CORRECTS that Palin and Huckabee have been invited, not scheduled, to speak.)

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