NEW YORK, N.Y. — They’re here. They’re queer. And they want a lower capital gains tax.
GOProud, a Washington-based group that dubs itself as “the only national organization of gay conservatives and their allies,” hosted its first national gathering Saturday night in Manhattan, which included a guest appearance from Ann Coulter, a high-profile member of a growing chorus of conservatives who are beginning to welcome gays into the conservative movement.
The group represents a sliver of the gay community who agree with conservatives on many policy issues and say they are tired of the Democratic Party assuming it has a monopoly on their support. They believe in free markets, limited government and low taxes, but just happen to be attracted to the same sex.
They know that they don’t fit comfortably into any traditional label: Some social conservatives are apprehensive to accept them because of their socially liberal views on gay marriage, and there are pockets of the left that abhor them for even entertaining the thought of supporting Republicans.
To help bridge the gap between social conservatives and gays who want to play a role in the conservative movement, enter Ann Coulter. (Stage right, of course.)
In a speech to about 150 GOProud supporters who gathered at the home of billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel in New York City, Coulter acknowledged that gays could play an important role in the conservative movement, but was clear about her continued opposition to gay marriage.
“I thought I’d try to talk you out of gay marriage,” Coulter said. “I will warn you that I have never failed to talk gays out of gay marriage.”
While the crowd seemed thrilled to hear the best-selling author roll off a string of classic Coulter one-liners that left many of them in stitches –“It’s hard to believe this now, but when Obama was running for president he presented himself as a moderate Democrat. To be fair, in Kenya he is a moderate.” — her speech against gay marriage failed to find many converts, if any.
At the crux of her argument, Coulter said that marriage was for procreation and insisted gays had no grounds to base support for gay marriage on civil rights.
“It’s not a civil right,” she said. “You’re not black.”
After her prepared remarks, Coulter opened the floor for questions, and got flooded.
When asked by 22-year-old college student Matt Hissey from Westchester, Pennsylvania to explain why she thought the Fourteenth Amendment, which ensures equal protection under the law, did not apply to gays who want to get married, Coulter replied, “It’s for the blacks, it’s for the blacks.”
Alexander McCobin, who heads up the libertarian group Students for Liberty, asked if the government should just get out of marriage altogether. Coulter replied that the institution was too important to be left to society without the government’s support, arguing that marriage “has got to be defended.”
GOProud didn’t bring Coulter to New York because they thought she would deliver a passionate defense of gay marriage. It was, after all, a party, not a policy event.
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