MSNBC host Chris Hayes has refused to accept an invitation to speak at an upcoming major conservative conference unless the Republican LGBT group called GOProud is allowed to participate.
Hayes said he objects to a 2011 decision by sponsors of the Conservative Political Action Conference to ban GOProud from co-sponsoring the annual event.
"As far as GOProud knows the policy is still in effect," Hayes said on MSNBC.com. "If it isn't, I'm psyched to go and if it is, well, I'll wait until it changes, which is, really, just a matter of time."
Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud's executive director, told BuzzFeed he appreciated the support from Hayes.
"We certainly have lots of political differences with Chris Hayes, but we appreciate him doing the good and right thing in refusing to be a part of rank bigotry," LaSalvia said.
Hayes pointed out he didn't have much in common with GOProud.
"GOProud is not an organization I share much with ideologically, or even, truth be told, like all that much," Hayes said. "They come out of the Breitbart wing of the conservative movement that seems to relish nothing more than pissing off liberals."
Still, he added, "it's not OK to ban organizations for reasons of pure bigotry."