Dan Savage, the sex advice columnist who founded the It Gets Better Project, believes gay Republican group GOProud is being used to attract moderates and independents to the fold, but the party remains “rabidly anti-gay to its core.”

In a Wednesday segment titled Pride and Prejudice on MSNBC's Countdown, Savage disagreed that the Republican Party is easing up on its anti-gay agenda.

Guest host Sam Seder offered Ann Coulter's appearance at GOProud's September gathering of gay conservatives, Homocon, as evidence of an increasingly gay-friendly GOP.

“Ann Coulter was invited by GOProud to their event where she said intensely bigoted things,” Savage said. “She's against marriage equality. GOProud describes marriage equality – gay marriage rights – as a state's rights issue, which is what interracial marriage once was.”

Several socially conservative groups have announced they won't attend February's Conservative Political Conference (CPAC) convention because of GOProud's involvement.

But Savage denied the group offered much cover for the Republican Party.

“GOProud isn't a pro-gay rights organization, they're an organization of gay quislings and useful idiots that help to window-dress the Republican Party, which is really still rabidly anti-gay to its core. It's a little window dressing, a little gay window dressing, that allows them to appeal to moderates, perhaps, and independents as being less bigoted than the Republican Party in its current iteration actually is,” he said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)