Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Log Cabin Republicans Denounce Ann Coulter

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | August 10, 2011 7:30 AM | comments

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"Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement -- her positions are a throwback and do more harm than anything else. Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of 'reparative therapy,' alleging that one can 'pray the gay away,' are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive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. 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. Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior."

-- Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative group, in a press release entitled "Commedienne" Ann Coulter" regarding her appointment as "Honorary Chair" of the advisory board of GOProud, a rival gay conservative group.

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Kathy Padilla | August 10, 2011 8:35 AM

And yet - it's somehow considered unseemly that trans& lgbt orgs be asked to call out transphobic lgb people who had much more of an effect in preventing trans people from being included in civil rights legislation than Coulter ever did. Thanks for making my point.

Neither the quote nor the timeline are quite accurate.

First, regarding the timeline: Ann Coulter was announced as honorary chair of GOProud's advisory council this Tuesday, August 9, while R. Clarke Cooper's comments were made two weeks earlier, on July 28, and were in response to something else. So claiming that his remarks were "regarding her appointment" is false.

Second, regarding the quote's accuracy: You removed a sentence from the middle of his quote ("God in his infinite wisdom created us the way we are and pundits and politicians cannot change that."), but did not include an ellipsis or any other mark to indicate that you had modified his words.

The original press release from July 28 is available here:

GOProud's announcement on August 9: