The following is a press release from the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alexander Hornaday
CCU head disinvites Log Cabin Republicans: buy a ticket
DENVER— After being invited and charged a $250 fee, the Colorado Log Cabin Republicans group was disinvited from Western Conservative Summit. Today, John Andrews, the head of Colorado Christian University and Western Conservative Summit, sent the following in response to Colorado Log Cabin Republicans:
“You and your members are very welcome to get tickets and attend, but we can’t officially have the organization as a partner, exhibitor, or advertiser. [Log Cabin Republicans'] worldview and policy agenda are fundamentally at odds with what Colorado Christian University stands for, so it’s just not a fit. I’m sorry it has to be that way.”
“Log Cabin Republicans are known for the hilarious ads painting Jared Polis as a king and the radio ads that aired that featured the ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Out of Touch’ in an effort to educate Coloradans about Polis’ extremism and hypocrisy. Many of the members of our Colorado chapter are well known conservatives, and one of our board members even ran for the state senate as a Republican.”
“At our last meeting we decided we wanted to participate for the first time, have a table, you know nothing huge, but we told we could not participate in any context except as a ticket-buying attendee. Our policy agenda is one that advances a free society, and a freer economy. I think they are missing out."
“Look, they are a private organization with every right to decide to include whom they wish." Hornaday clarified, "We aren't going to sue them over this. Nevertheless, a marketplace thrives on information, and this is information that might inform some others' patronage.”
“This dis-invitation to the WSC, is showcasing the exact problem with the right. We should be expanding the tent, not excluding people who have shared ideas and philosophies,” said Michael Carr, secretary of the group, and former candidate for the state senate. “This is the most important time for us to be reaching out to all types of groups and people, all types of Republicans, all types of conservatives. Young people especially want to see a robust political debate and this dis-invitation is the exact opposite of that. Being perceived as anti-gay turns young people off even more than it does the general public.”
"It is a pretty common issue we face, they'll take our money, but want us in the closet."