Ann Coulter, Gay Icon, Defends Don't Ask Don't Tell

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Sept. 29 2011 11:23 AM

Ann Coulter, Gay Icon, Defends Don't Ask Don't Tell

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NEW YORK - MAY 05: Political commentator Ann Coulter (L) attends Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 5, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Ann Coulter's latest column defends Republican presidential candidates from the charge that they should have harrumphed at the booing of a gay soldier. As Coulter sees it:

Finally, we got to the question: "My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?"

Then there was booing. And for good reason.

It is beyond absurd to demand that Republican candidates pledge not to consider altering a recent rule change overturning a military policy that had been in effect from the beginning of warfare until the last few weeks of the 111th Congress.

Of course there was booing for that!

At the time of the vote -- five minutes ago -- only eight Republicans in the entire U.S. Senate supported eliminating Don't Ask, Don't Tell. It's safe to assume that no one on the stage supported this sexualization of the military, except maybe one of the nut candidates polling at 3 percent.

This is not an anti-gay position; it's a pro-military position. The basic idea is that sexual bonds are disruptive to the military bond.
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Ann Coulter? Controversial opinions? I know, I know, it's groundbreaking stuff. But just seven weeks ago, Coulter was named the "honorary chair and gay icon" of GOProud, the gay Republican group. GOProud celebrated the passage of DADT repeal, and it condemned Santorum for his cold-blooded answer to the gay soldier's question. Is there static between the group and its celebrity-pundit icon?

"Ann's position on this clear, and so is GOProud's," says GOProud chairman Chris Barron. "We respectfully disagree. We aren't the pod people here at GOProud. We can disagree among ourselves. Unlike the left and their RINO enablers we don't believe that every person who opposes DADT repeal is anti-gay. Indeed Ann has done more for gay people -- courageously speaking out at CPAC, for example -- then most of the gay organizations here in D.C."

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.