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Obergefell steals the show at The Young Turks White House correspondents’ party

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As Washington’s power players made their way to the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner next door, Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, was serving up his own brand of rosé on Saturday at a party hosted by The Young Turks (TYT).

TYT’s party at The Hepburn apartment building in Washington, unlike most of the parties surrounding the WHCA soiree, was open to residents as well as invitees, creating a crowd that featured nearly as many tuxedos as pairs of jeans. Regardless of what guests were wearing, they all wanted to meet Obergefell and try some of the “Respect” rosé produced by his Equality Wines.

“Every wine we sell is tied to a specific equality organization,” Obergefell explained. “Every bottle of this supports the YWCA of Chicago … We also have a line of wines that support LGBTQ organizations. We’re working on immigrants’ rights and more.”

{mosads}The overwhelmingly young and progressive crowd was tickled by Obergefell’s presence, but that came as no surprise considering the audience the network caters to.

“I went to the [United Talent Agency] party last night and every single person under the age of 30 was excited to see me there,” Hasan Piker, host of “The Breakdown” on The Young Turks network, told ITK. “Of course, there were zero media figures who had any idea who I was.”

Piker took his anonymity among older Washingtonians as a badge of honor.

“I would rather have real, passionate millennials follow us than Kellyanne Conway know who I am,” he said.

Attendees enjoyed the sweeping views of D.C. from the Hepburn’s rooftop in addition to mouthwatering dishes prepared by Washington restaurant Chiko, including Kobe beef skewers, vegan noodle boxes, and inspired tuna tartar. And as the party began winding down TYT handed out Ben and Jerry’s “Pint Slice” ice cream bars.

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