Al Cardenas has suggested that gay GOP group GOProud may not be welcome at next year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Cardenas is the newly-elected chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which annually organizes the event.

GOProud attended the event last year, but their presence this year prompted social conservatives to boycott 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) – joined the boycott.

GOProud dismissed the action, saying those involved had marginalized themselves from the conservative movement.

In a Thursday morning interview on C-Span's American Journal, Cardenas suggested the gay Republicans would not be invited next year.

“We'll always be inclusive in regards to who comes to CPAC – regardless of your ethnic origin, gender, color of your skin or orientation. You're always welcome as an individual,” Cardenas told host Greta Brawner.

“We're going to make sure that organizations that adhere by what our beliefs are, get invited. And so that includes GOProud or anyone else.”

“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.”

GOProud Chairman Christopher Barron has argued that his group does not advocate for gay marriage. Social conservatives, however, insist the group does.

“We went to CPAC last year in good faith, knowing that GOProud was also attending,” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group which opposes gay marriage, said in a statement. “It was at CPAC we learned from repeated interviews they gave that GOProud leaders favor gay marriage. It's not who people are, it's the positions they take that concern us.”