Ann Coulter claims that liberals are using the issue of gay marriage to “destroy the family.”

The conservative celebrity made her remarks Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

Coulter was asked whether she believed gay GOP group GOProud should have been allowed to co-sponsor the event. GOProud's attendance prompted a backlash from social conservatives who organized a boycott.

The 49-year-old Coulter stirred the conservative pot last fall when she agreed to headline Homocon 2010, the first annual convention of gay conservatives sponsored by GOProud. But she rankled some of the gay Republicans in the room when she said that marriage “is not a civil right – you're not black.”

At CPAC, Coulter told the crowd that liberals had co-opted gays.

“The left keeps using one group after another to destroy the family. That is their goal; destroy the family. They have used women – the feminist are going to come out for no-fault divorce and the gal's doing it on her on her own now and I can have a child without a husband. They used the blacks. … And now they're using the gays.”

“Like many of you, I was always a friend of the gays … and then liberals come around with some idea that no one has thought of for a thousand years: gay marriage.”

“I go to sleep one night being a friend of the gays, I wake up the next day, homophobe.”

Coulter added that liberals only like gays to use as “a cat's paw to attack the family.”

“The left is trying to co-op gays and I don't think we should let them. They should be on our side. We're for low taxes, we're for low crime, we're against the terrorists that want to kill gays. Gays are natural conservatives,” she told the crowd. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

During a Fox News Red Eye appearance, Coulter protested repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” by suggesting that gay troops don't make good soldiers.

“Just hope the Germans don't reconstitute an army when we're putting girls and gays in the military. We are not taking the military seriously,” she said.