Wednesday night while appearing on the Joy Behar show, Ann Coulter endorsed the idea that some gay people can ‘pray away the gay,’ and expressed a belief that the military should be a heterosexual male-only institution.
“Not only that, I not only want open gays in the military, I don’t want open girls in the military,” the conservative pundit told Behar.
The nation’s best known organization representing LGBT Republicans quickly responded Thursday with a statement condemning Coulter’s remarks, which also appeared to conclude Coulter believes that gays and lesbians can change their orientation through prayer.
“Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement – her positions are a throwback and do more harm than anything else,” R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. “Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of ‘reparative therapy,’ alleging that one can ‘pray the gay away,’ are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive to all people of faith.”
The organization’s rebuke is in direct response to Coulter’s remark about a Coulter fan who had ‘found God,’ and ”now he’s not gay anymore.”
When Behar pressed Ann to clarify her beliefs on whether or not prayer can “cure” homosexuality, she justified her position.
“There are some people… maybe they weren’t really gay to begin with, maybe they were molested as children. There are people that go that way.”
“We think she’s a loudmouth headline-seeking opportunist, exploiting this issue to advance her career,” Wayne Besen, Founder and Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, told the Blade. “She lacks about as much evidence as she does integrity, so we don’t take anything she says seriously.”
“Unfortunately, some of her dim-witted followers may believe what she says to be true, and that’s why she’s dangerous,” Besen concluded.
LCR’s Cooper also addressed Coulter’s military readiness statements.
“While her position on this matter is off base, it is exacerbated by her claim that the armed forces should bring back ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a failed policy which impedes military readiness,” Cooper said. “Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior.”
Coulter also mentioned that she hoped New York getting marriage equality meant, “maybe they will shut up about it.”
“I want ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ for all of society.”
Log Cabin took this statement on directly, saying, “Ann Coulter may be tired of gay and lesbian Americans speaking out, but Americans, gay and straight, are tired of her overwrought and offensive behavior.”
“While it is encouraging to see Log Cabin Republicans repudiate Ann Coulter’s stance on so-called ‘reparative therapy’,” Michael Mitchell Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats told the Blade, “the unfortunate truth is that many of the elected representatives within the GOP side with Coulter. If Coulter really believes in ‘praying away the gay’ one has to wonder what she thinks of her buddies at GOProud.”
“Conservatives will continue to be painted with the hate-filled brush wielded by Ann Coulter for as long as they continue to give her a forum to spew her vile rhetoric,” Mitchell concluded.