Gay GOP group GOProud will return to next month's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after a two-year absence.

Social conservatives angry over GOProud's inclusion boycotted the event in 2011.

Several Republican lawmakers, including South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint and Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, and a smattering of socially conservative groups – the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), FRC Action and Concerned Women for America (CWA) – joined the boycott.

GOProud has not attended since.

“CPAC is about finding conservative solutions to every challenge in America and not just saying 'no,'” Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which runs CPAC, told the National Journal.

However, in 2011 Cardenas said that the ACU invites organizations “that adhere by what our beliefs are.”

“If you are a group – and this has got nothing to do with your orientation – if you are a group of straight couples and you advocate for gay marriage, that is not within the scope of what we believe the three legs of the stool of the movement are,” Cardenas said.

GOProud has been invited to attend the March 6-8 conservative gathering as guests, without sponsorship or a booth.

“We welcome GOProud's attendance at this year's CPAC conference,” said Dan Schneider, executive director of the ACU. “I believe their presence could help establish a productive relationship in the future.”