“The gay right”
have the absurdity of a “gay right”—homosexual “conservatives” who are in favor of homosexual “marriage” and open homosexuality in the military. And Ann Coulter is their entertainer.
Ben Smith writes at Politico:
The gay right
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 04, 2010 10:31 AM | Send
NEW YORK—Even among the gays, the right is on the rise.
The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s grand apartment overlooking New York’s Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers of the conservative gay group GOProud gathered to laugh at Ann Coulter’s red meat riffs on Democrats, blacks, and the Obamas at a fundraiser organizers touted as “Homocon.”
GOProud is the tea party of the gay rights movement, with well-tailored dark suits in place of revolutionary war garb. The event, complete with lithe young men in black “Freedom is Fabulous” t-shirts guiding guests to the elevator, marked a new high tide in the shift of the Republican Party away from “social issues” and toward a broader complaint about Democratic management of the economy, national security, and the idea of America. GOProud is an explicitly gay group that isn’t particularly focused on gay rights, and Coulter’s speech—full of conservative red meat, and only the occasional Judy Garland joke—reflected its focus.
The gay right is thriving at a moment that the mainstream gay rights movement faces a profound crisis.
The set of Washington-based establishment groups led by the Human Rights Campaign have close ties to the White House and have turned gay righs into a plan of the Democratic Party platform. But last week, a Democratic Congress failed to deliver on President Obama’s campaign promise to repeal the ban on gays in the military, and hasn’t even taken up his promise to repeal the federal ban on same-sex marriage. The realization that their alliance with the Democratic Party has—for the moment—failed to produce key policy shifts is producing a round of finger-pointing and bloodletting inside the traditional gay rights movement, with calls for resignations and turns toward the courts and toward civil disobedience.
The gay right, meanwhile, has taken its place at the vanguard. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman used his coming out as gay last month to raise more than $1 million for the legal effort, led in part by former Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson, to win a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs in a California lawsuit in which a district court judge ruled “Don’t ask, don’t tell” unconstitutional this year, meanwhile, were the Log Cabin Republicans. And even that traditional gay Republican group is struggling to rebuilt from an internal crisis, they—like establishment Republicans everywhere—face a challenge further right from the ascendant GOProud.
“We’re Joe Miller, Log Cabin is Lisa Murkowski,” said GOProud founder Chris Barron, dismissively. “We’re not interested in having a seat at the table as part of the establishment.”