Conservative celebrity Ann Coulter has
said backing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” isn't anti-gay.
The policy which expired on September
20 after nearly 18 years on the books banned gay and bisexual troops
from serving openly.
Supporting “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
is not “an anti-gay position; it's a pro-military position. The
basic idea is that sexual bonds are disruptive to the military bond,”
Coulter wrote at her blog.
“Soldiers, sailors and Marines living
in close quarters who are having sex with one another, used to have
sex with one another or would like to have sex with one another
simply cannot function as a well-oiled fighting machine. A battalion
of married couples facing a small unit of heterosexual men would be
Last month, Coulter joined the advisory
council of gay GOP group GOProud and was given the title of “gay
icon” by them.
GOProud Chairman Chris Barron defended
Coulter's right to oppose DADT repeal.
“Ann's position on this [is] clear,
and so is GOProud's. We respectfully disagree,” Barron was quoted
as saying by Slate.com.
“We aren't the pod people here at GOProud. We can disagree among
ourselves. Unlike the left and their RINO enablers we don't believe
that every person who opposes DADT repeal is anti-gay. Indeed Ann
has done more for gay people – courageously speaking out at CPAC,
for example – than most of the gay organizations here in D.C.”