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Cato Scholar To Host Marriage Benefit

OlsonwTomorrow evening, various conservative eminences shall gather in a Maryland home, as Buzzfeed has it, to "raise money to advance conservative values on marriage." Which is to say: they want to uphold Maryland's marriage equality law.

The home is that of Cato Institute scholar Walter Olson and his husband, Steve Pippin. The event's "hosting committee," according to the invite received by Buzzfeed, includes, among others, Jonathan Rauch and Andrew Sullivan, whom one might expect to be there; and David Frum, the conservative speechwriter and journalist currently suffering a protracted falling-out with neo-Republican radicals.

From BuzzFeed:

The event is taking place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the home of Olson and his husband, Steve Pippin. The couple married in Massachusetts, and Maryland's highest court has held that the state recognizes such out-of-state marriages. The event — with lead hosts donating $500 — benefits Marylanders for Marriage Equality, which is the group formed to fight the referendum on the bill that will be on the ballot this November.

Saying that he wanted to "make sure that the people who are to the right of center were brought in to the campaign in the most effective way," Olson told BuzzFeed, "There are tons and tons of people ... who are not necessarily reached by the more visible element of the campaign, which is often geared toward progressive principles."

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  1. Just nitpicking, but you say he shares a home with his "partner" then say the two are married. Would that not then mean that he shares his home with his "husband"?

    I hate the term "partner". It's so clinical and ridiculous. If it's a legal term (as in they became legal "domestic partners" as they do in some states) then that's one thing, but to demote their marriage to the 2nd class status of partnership is probably something a gay website should attempt to steer clear of, IMO. Buzzfeed got it right. Why didn't Towleroad?

    Posted by: Jackson | Jul 21, 2012 11:34:50 PM


  2. Jackson: You're totally correct. My apologies. The term has been changed. - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Jul 21, 2012 11:54:47 PM


  3. Being a gay republican makes about as much sense as being a Jewish Nazi or an African-American Klansman.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 22, 2012 2:50:53 AM


  4. It looks like American conservatives are finally figuring out what conservatives in western Europe realized years ago: the the clear movement culturally is TOWARD gay equality, not away from it. Unfortunately, these enlightened (for conservatives) people have to deal with the monster their own movement created--the Christian right. Good luck to them. While they're battling their own self-created demons, the rest of society will continue advancing.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jul 22, 2012 11:23:56 AM


  5. On the nomenclature issue, whatever term that the couple uses is the most appropriate.

    (I know some married gays that are uncomfortable with the word "husband" given that word's etymological origins.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 22, 2012 2:22:31 PM


  6. There has always been a socially liberal streak among the Libertarians, but as a party they remain dominated by combo of far-right Christians and misanthropic Ayn Rand fans. Hopefully this signals a turning point for Cato, but you only need to look at the Ron Paul campaign and its followers to see that Cato still doesn't speak for rank-and-file Libertarians.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 23, 2012 5:58:54 AM


  7. Has anyone asked Penn State about possible marriage locations?

    Posted by: Josh | Jul 23, 2012 4:57:14 PM


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