Last month, some on the right wing thought that Anne Coulter was being too nice to the gays. When it was announced that Coulter was going to be the special guest at Homocon, a convention held by a GOProud, a gay Republican group, she was immediately drop-kicked from being keynote speaker at WorldNetDaily's "Taking America Back" conference. At the time, Joseph Farah, WND's publisher, said:
Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about 'taking America back' when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very 'unconservative' agenda represented by GOProud," said Farah. "The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning."
If Joseph Farah and GOProud thought that Coulter was suddenly going to become a big booster of the LGBT rights movement, they had another think coming. Coulter's speech was—shall we say—ambivalent in its sentiments towards LGBT rights:
Marriage “is not a civil right – you’re not black,” Coulter said to nervous laughter. She went on to note that gays are among the wealthiest demographic groups in the country.
“Blacks must be looking at the gays saying, ‘Why can’t we be oppressed like that?’”
According to Talking Points Memo, Coulter bases the above argument on a narrow reading of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Coulter claims that the 14th Amendment, which was adopted after the Civil War to guarantee equal protection and due process to freed slaves, only applies to African Americans.
Truthfully, if Coulter was going to slam gay marriage at a gay event, she picked the right one: GOProud doesn't look at same-sex marriage as being especially important. GOProud's agenda emphasizes free-marked economics and an aggressive foreign policy much more than marriage. Former head of the New York Log Cabin Republicans Chris Taylor summed up the sentiments of many gay Republicans bluntly, if somewhat simplisticly:
I don’t see what being gay has to do with being socialist.
Although response to Coulter's speech was mixed, head of GOProud Christopher Barron saw it as a success:
We celebrated by asking Ann Coulter to speak, and Ann Coulter was exactly who we thought she was when we invited her. Ann is someone who we disagree with on issues like marriage, but is also one of the funniest, most provocative, and – yes – controversial conservatives out there. Ann’s participation in Homocon helped this organization raise a substantial amount of money, money that will help us continue to push our agenda of common-sense conservative solutions to the challenges facing gay and lesbian families.
"No one should be surprised that Ann was controversial and no one should be surprised at the histrionics from the left about her appearance. The truth is that if the left showed half as much outrage over Iran’s brutal treatment of gay people as they did about our party in New York, we might take their criticism seriously. Unfortunately, while Louis Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther party broke bread with one of the most brutal anti-gay dictators in the world, the gay left was more focused on attacking a cocktail party.
Esquire's Marty Beckerman analyzed the event as a blatant display of masochism on the part of conservative gays:
In her speech on Saturday, Coulter says that "not only can gays be conservative, you pretty much have to be," because they are the "highest income demographic," because "gays are too stylish to work for the federal government," because radical Muslims want to execute them, and because "once [scientists] find the gay gene, guess who's getting aborted?"
This is the same Coulter, of course, who is comfortable with the word "faggot," wrote that Rick Santorum's comparison of gay sex to bestiality is an "indisputably true point," told an interviewer that sexually active gay men should "feel guilty about it," and mocked the "irritating lesbian" teenager in Tennessee who wanted to bring her girlfriend to senior prom. When The Politics Blog asks her why gay conservatives still gravitate toward her, Coulter dips back to the humor well: "Gays are the least politically correct people in the world — they like my jokes." And then there's this, which is apparently not a joke because she repeats the sentiment a half-dozen times throughout the night: "Gays are against gay marriage."