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Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter is joining the advisory council of GOProud, a conservative organization comprised primarily of homosexuals. In a statement released on Tuesday, GOProud said that Coulter is now an “honorary chair” of its advisory council and her official title will be “Gay Icon.”
"Ann Coulter is a brilliant and fearless leader of the conservative movement; we are honored to have her as part of GOProud's leadership," board Chairman Christopher Barron proclaimed in the statement. “Ann helped put our organization on the map. Politics is full of the meek, the compromising and the apologists – Ann, like GOProud, is the exact opposite of all of these things. We need more Ann Coulters.”
Coulter is scheduled to headline the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., this September. However, her honorary board position seems to be in direct opposition to CPAC’s parent group, the American Conservative Union (ACU), who recently voted against formally inviting GOProud to its 2012 conference.
Coulter, an outspoken conservative, has been an active participant in prior CPAC events. She has spoken out against same-sex marriage and recently said in an appearance on Joy Behar’s talk show that she believed what is known as “reparative therapy,” works in some cases and that the military should be comprised of only heterosexual males.
Coulter describes herself as a lifelong Republican and has documented her disagreement with Democrats over social issues in her books and various speeches.
ACU declined to reveal the vote count to The Christian Post. However, Tom Minnery, executive director of Focus on the Family affiliate CitizenLink, said, "It was a very substantial vote, I understand, in favor of the action that was taken."
Minnery said GOProud is fundamentally incompatible with conservatives because of its support for same-sex marriage.
"The definition of marriage is so central to a traditional understanding of what family is that having them as participants in the conference seemed to be at odds with the goals of the conservative movement," he said.
Last year, Coulter told attendees at GOProud's Homocon that she does not support same-sex marriage and that they do not have a "civil right" to marry.
Coulter, who also proclaimed she is a "conservative Christian," maintained her opposition to same-sex marriage during an interview on C-SPAN 2: Book TV last Sunday. She also told the C-SPAN host that many of her fans are homosexual and that she believes homosexuals' interests align with those of the Republican Party.
"Gays are a demographic group that has one of the highest incomes in America. They are victims of crimes. The Muslims don't think to highly of them. So, basically the entire Republican platform is fighting the some causes any sane gay person should care about," she shared.
She also defended GOProud, saying it does not have a position on same-sex marriage.
"They used to have a position in favor of gay marriage," Coulter said of GOProud.
However, she asserted, "They don't care about marriage. Gays talk about gay marriage because they think [Republican approval of same-sex marriage] will prove we like them and so I just tell them, 'we like you. We just don't like gay marriage.'"
But Minnery told The Christian Post, "They (GOProud) gave a number of interviews last year about their opposition to [traditional] marriage."
Despite her opposition to same-sex marriage, Coulter issued a statement approving her new role on the group's board.
"I am honored to serve in this capacity on GOProud's Advisory Council, and look forward to being the queen of fabulous," she said.
Coulter joins other noted conservatives on GOProud’s advisory board. They include: Margaret Hoover, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, Andrew Breitbart, Liz Mair, Chuck Muth, former CPAC director Lisa De Pasquale, Christian Josi, Republican strategist Roger Stone, Andrew Langer, Kathryn Serkes and Bob Carlstrom.
The Christian Post repeatedly attempted to contact the ACU for a statement on Coulter's affiliation with GOProud but did not receive a response.