For a generation, fiscal conservatives have relied on the Religious Right's votes to keep the GOP in power. Yet this week at CPAC, the conservative faithful have boycotted, in large part because of the attendance of a gay conservative group.
The GOP's coalition relies on the support of those who prioritize suspicion, fear, and the politics of exclusion. The fight over CPAC's guest list shows just how unstable that sort of coalition can be.
Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has set off waves of condemnation among anti-gay opponents. They'd do well to recall another decision that put an end to an unjust policy steeped in prejudice -- rather than fact.
I went up against Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, on Hardball this week. Perkins was there to defend his organization after the SPLC listed it as a hate group. The whole experience was like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.
The Southern Poverty Law Center report is a sober reminder that we must remain vigilant in combating extremism. There are well-organized and wealthy hate machines waiting in the wings, poised to cause tremendous harm to LGBT people.
Fischer's extreme view on gay people is disturbing, but it's not unique: The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins has repeatedly insulted servicemembers in his quest to keep gays and lesbians from serving in the military.