Thiel, Singer and Mehlman to host soiree to support gay marriage

By Suzy Kenly Waite

Fri Aug 27, 2010


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Right wingers come out in support of civil rights


Hedge fund managers Peter Thiel of Clairum Capital Management and Paul Singer of Elliott Management are joining with prominent Republican political operative Ken Mehlman to host a fundraiser to support gay marriage.

The fundraiser, for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, will be held on Wednesday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Singer's New York City home. Tickets are $5,000 per person.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights is challenging Proposition 8, California's ballot proposition and constitutional amendment stating that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid in the state. The foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Singer and Thiel will co-chair the fundraiser with Mehlman, the former head of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign and the former Republican National Convention chair, who went public with his homosexuality on August 25. The foundation has already raised more than $1 million for the fundraiser. In an interview with The Advocate, Mehlman praised Singer for being the lead donor.

Other prominent Republicans co-hosting the event include Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney's daughter; Margaret Hoover, political commentator and great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover; and Steve Schmidt, a campaign strategist and public relations employee for the Republican Party. Mark Wallace, founder of Tigris Financial Group; and John Podesta, the fourth and final Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, are among the other hosts.

-Suzy Kenly