Some readers may know that late yesterday a bunch of influential Republicans filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage.
Andrew Sullivan has been out in front with the conservative case for gay marriage at least since his landmark essay in 1989.
Andrew Sullivan is speaking tonight at Willamette University.
This could be electrifying! It is hardly possible for the combination of topic and current events to be more timely!
From the press release (written last month before this all went down):
On Feb. 26, the Atkinson Lecture Series will feature Andrew Sullivan, a writer and commentator NPR calls “one of the most widely read, influential and prolific political voices online.”
Smith Auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. presentation, “Knowing (and Loving) Thine Enemy: Gays, Conservatives and Common Ground.”And here are some of Sullivan's own quick thoughts on it.
"Gays are fully part of our world and it is conservative to integrate them into mainstream society - through marriage equality and full access to military service," Sullivan writes. "Such reforms contribute to the conservative values of family, personal responsibility, mutual support, and service to a greater good. There is no contradiction here."
After the lecture, Sullivan will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale in the lobby.
Tickets are available online or in the Putnam University Center beginning Feb. 11. General admission tickets are $15. Students, faculty, staff can reserve one free ticket and buy additional tickets for $5. Alumni may purchase $10 tickets through The Compass.
This should be a big deal. We are in the midst of a real moment in civil rights history. Tip a pint to history, will you?
*Oh wait, we do, actually...