Focus on Family May End Sponsorship of CPAC Because of Gay Group

By Staff | January 5, 2011 | 3:01 PM EST

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) - Colorado-based Focus on the Family is considering ending its sponsorship of a national conservative political action rally because of the involvement of a gay conservative group.

The lobbying arm of Focus on Family, CitizenLink, is a co-sponsor of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., next month.

CitizenLink senior vice president Tom Minnery told The Gazette that the group is participating partly to help offset the influence of the gay group, GOProud. But he says this may be the last year it's a sponsor.

Sarah Palin and Mike Hucakbee are among those invited to speak at the conference.

GOProud participated last year and one group pulled out. This year, the Family Research Council and several others are boycotting it.