Ann Coulter's comments on “reparative” therapy and openly gay troops have been labeled “clownish” by gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans.

In an appearance last Wednesday on cabler HLN's The Joy Behar Show to promote her latest book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America, the 49-year-old conservative celebrity said she wanted America to shut up about gay marriage, believed some gay people can alter their sexuality and suggested gay troops are not fit to serve.

“The only reason I might be happy is maybe they will shut up about it,” she told host Joy Behar with a chortle. “OK, the media capital of the world has gay marriage, can we move on now?”
“I not only want 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for the military, I want 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for all of society. Just give me a week where we're not talking about gays.”

In response to Behar's assertion that people cannot “pray away the gay,” Coulter said: “There are some people … maybe they weren't really gay to begin with, maybe they were molested as children. There are people that go that way.”

She later added that she wanted “heterosexual men … the same sort of men who can be firemen” serving in the military. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

“Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement,” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. “Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of 'reparative therapy,' alleging that one can 'pray the gay away,' are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive to all people of faith.”

“While her position on [open gay military service] is off base, it is exacerbated by her claim that the armed forces should bring back 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' a failed policy which impedes military readiness.”

“Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior,” he added.

(Related: Ann Coulter refuses to talk about her personal life.)