Author and Columnist Andrew Sullivan on The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

Andrew Sullivan, author of the landmark book Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality (1995), and a columnist on American politics for The Sunday Times of London, will visit the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Thursday, Oct. 6 to discuss “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage.” The public portion of the program begins at 6:45 p.m.; seating is on a first-come basis.

Sullivan, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine, among others, is considered one of the most provocative commentators and popular bloggers of his generation. His book, Virtually Normal–an in-depth discussion on the subject of gay rights has been translated into four languages. Other works include the 1997 companion volume Same Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, a Reader, and Love Undetectable, a collection of essays about AIDS. As a practicing Catholic, many of his writings also have served to challenge the Church’s position on homosexuality.

Sullivan is the editor of and, a Web site featuring commentary on subjects ranging from international affairs and domestic politics to culture, religion, and faith.

A native of England, Sullivan graduated with honors from Oxford University before earning a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a doctorate in political science. While still a student at Harvard, he worked a summer at The New Republic magazine, becoming the youngest, full-time associate editor in its history, and later assuming the role of editor-in-chief. He has been a guest on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Nightline, Crossfire, C-SPAN, The Charlie Rose Show, MSNBC, and the CBS Evening News, among others.

Sullivan’s visit to CMC is cosponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

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The Athenaeum is located at 385 E. Eighth Street, in the city of Claremont.