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Conservative gay group that hosted Ann Coulter glad to see DADT repealed

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      Jeff Winkler

      Jeff Winkler is a Daily Caller staff writer covering firearms, as well as campaign advertising and fringe culture topics. He worked previously for several Arkansas and New Zealand publications. His byline has appeared in Slate, Reason, Good magazine, the Guardian, Washington City Paper and most notably, Worm Digest.

While the “right-wing Judy Garland,” Ann Coulter, might think that the end of  ”don’t ask, don’t tell” is a horrible idea, a prominent group representing gay conservatives that hosted her earlier this year is relieved to see the policy repealed.

“We’re glad the bill was passed with an overwhelming majority and that the president signed it,” GOProud president Jimmy LaSalvia told The Daily Caller. “We’re looking forward to putting this past us so the new congress can tackle some big issues.”

On Tuesday, Coulter derided DADT repeal on Fox News’ Red Eye. While mocking the importance of diversity in the military and wondering aloud how the policy would affect the U.S. Armed Forces, Coulter quipped: “Just hope the Germans don’t reconstitute an army.”

Coulter’s comments come less than three months after GOProud featured her as its keynote speaker during the group’s inaugural HomoCon event in New York City.

Both Coulter and the group were apparently thrilled about the event, according to TheDC.

Coulter’s vocal opposition to DADT repeal, however, doesn’t bother LaSalvia.

“I love Ann Coulter, but she’s wrong on that issue,” said LaSalvia. “I think she’s wrong on that particular issue and she thinks I’m wrong, but that doesn’t mean we’re not both conservatives and that we couldn’t have a good time together.”

LaSalvia said that while repeal of DADT was “the right thing to do and Congress did what it should have done,” GOProud as well as other conservatives have more work ahead on other issues.

“Now, there are a lot of things that the new Congress will be facing that we need to turn our attention to, like repealing Obamacare and replacing it with free market health-care reforms, tackling the uncontrolled growth of government and reigning in the spending,” said LaSalvia.

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