A leading national voice against same-sex marriage and a renowed gay blogger are set to face off Wednesday during a panel discussion in a conservative forum.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank in D.C., has this week scheduled an event titled, “Is There a Place for Gay People in Conservatism and Conservative Politics?” The panel, set to begin Wednesday at noon, is slated to tackle LGBT participation in mainstream society and conservative politics.
Among the panelists are gay blogger Andrew Sullivan and Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage. Also scheduled to appear is Nick Herbert, a member of British Parliament and the country’s Conservative Party. He serves as the party’s shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.
According to the event notice, the Conservative Party under the leadership of David Cameron has “jettisoned much of its former opposition to gay rights” by supporting civil unions and appointing openly LGBT people to the shadow cabinet. Herbert is slated to explain why the Conservative Party adopted this change and offer details on the party’s new social agenda.
To register for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by noon, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 .