Social conservatives are demanding former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin clarify her position on whether she supports gay GOP group GOProud's presence at CPAC.

Palin suggested as much in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).

In the interview, Palin is asked her position on the decision by social conservatives to skip this weekend's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention because of GOProud's sponsorship of the event.

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) – have joined the boycott.

“[S]hould conservatives not reach out to others, not participate in events or forums that perhaps are rising within those forums are issues that maybe we don’t personally agree with?” Palin said in the interview. “And I say no, it’s like you being on a panel with – shoot – a bunch of the liberal folks whom you have been on and you provide good information and balance, and you allow for healthy debate, which is needed in order for people to gather information and make up their own minds about issues. I look at participation in an event like CPAC or any other event, along, kind of in that same vein as the more information that people have the better.”

Frank Cannon, the president of the American Principles Project, a group which is boycotting the event, demanded answers from Palin.

“The concern of conservatives is over the participation of a group whose stated goals run at odds with that of core conservative principles, not over debate over those issues,” Cannon said in a statement. “Governor Palin should clarify her comments by letting us know whether in her definition, traditional marriage is a core component of conservatism.”

Bryan Fischer of the Christian-based group American Family Association (AFA) expressed his displeasure with Palin on his radio show.

Fischer blasted conservatives who support “the normalization of homosexuality” because everywhere “the homosexual agenda” advances it does so at the expense of “religious liberty, speech and freedom of association.” “The constitutional rights enshrined in the First Amendment are too valuable to be sacrificed on the alter of political correctness.”

“If Sarah Palin continues to send such uncertain signals on moral issues, they [liberals] may just start leaving her alone,” Fischer added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

While Palin might support the inclusion of GOProud at CPAC, her record on gay rights is a mixed bag at best. In November, she defended her daughter's use of a gay slur. Palin has also supported many anti-gay candidates, spoken at gatherings sponsored by anti-gay groups and tweeted support for rabidly homophobic pastor James David Manning, who insists gays should be called “fags.”