President Barack Obama will attend a
fundraiser celebrating the passage of gay marriage in New York.
The Wednesday event in New York City is
being billed as a “small reception to celebrate the progress in the
LGBT community,” the New York Post's gossip
This is the first time Obama has
attended a gay fundraiser in New York since lawmakers approved a gay
marriage law in June. Five additional states – Connecticut, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Iowa – and the District of
Columbia allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The president attended a New York City
gay fundraiser in June as lawmakers deliberated the marriage bill but
he did not endorse its passage.
Obama is expected to address the crowd.
Tickets for the event, scheduled to
take place at the Midtown Sheraton, range from $10,000 to $35,800.
Event organizers include designer
Michael Smith, Architectural Digest editor in chief Margaret
Russell, Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia, Be the
Change CEO Kevin Jennings, Evercore Partners head Charles Myers,
Pfizer communications chief Sally Susman, DNC committee treasurer
Andrew Tobias and retired ad executive Michael Sennott.