Conservatives attending CPAC
booed an anti-gay speaker off the floor on Friday.
Ryan Sorba, a member of the California
chapter of the Young
Americans for Freedom, was booed off the stage after condemning
CPAC's decision to allow gay Republican group GOProud
to co-sponsor the three-day event taking place in Washington, DC.
“I'd like to condemn CPAC for
bringing GOPride to this event,” Sorba told the crowd, which
immediately turned against him.
“Guess what?” Sorba rhetorically
asked the crowd. “Civil rights are grounded in natural rights.
Natural rights are grounded in human nature. Human nature is a
rational substance and relationship. The intelligible end of the
reproductive act is reproduction. You understand that.”
The crowd booed and hissed. A young
man yelled, “Go sit down,” and Sorba replied, “No, you sit
The crowd grew louder (some people,
however, were clearly clapping in support) and Sorba replied, “The
lesbians at Smith College protest better than you do,” and then
returned to his seat.
The presence of the gay republicans at
the conservative meet up has
rankled many attending CPAC.
Liberty University Law School, the
Christian-based university founded by the late Jerry Falwell, backed
out of the event after learning about the gay group's involvement.