Time to Suit Up! — Right-of-center gay supporters come out.

– By Lori Jenkins

DC is famous for its fancy dinner culture. It seems every night of the week an organization hosts a dinner to support its cause. And for those of us who consider ourselves both Republicans and supporters of gay marriage, our night is coming up.

The Log Cabin Republicans 2013 Spirit of Lincoln dinner, featuring former Governor Tom Ridge, will take place Oct. 23 at the Capital Hilton. Tickets are on sale now, and if you’re in the area, I urge you to support the cause and attend.

But beyond the shameless shill for the event (disclosure – my organization, the R Street Institute, is supporting the dinner, but beyond this, I’m in no way affiliated with LCR or the event), the details of the dinner and its supporters are illuminating.

Sponsorship opportunities just opened up, but the host committee is very well-formed, and comprised of numerous big names in conservatism. There are current and former congressmen and women, state-level representatives, former governors, Republican White House insiders, and even a revered free market economist. It will be encouraging to watch sponsors pile on over the next few weeks.

For those of us who at times feel like we are screaming into the wind, this serves as a pleasant reminder that in fact we have some very big names behind us. The list needs to grow, and too many of these individuals aren’t currently sitting members or come from states where the gay marriage question is already favorably settled, but it’s a strong legacy to be carrying.


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