A Dinner Table Debate Over Gay Marriage

photo by Stuart Isett for The New York Times

With all the backlash over “legitimate rape” vs. illegitimate (sic) rape last week, another great debate got a little lost in the shuffle: the one over gay marriage between sex columnist and married gay dad of one adopted son, Dan Savage, and the president of the National Organization for Marriage and straight married father of seven biological kids, Brian Brown.

When Savage called some teens who walked out on a speech of his criticizing parts of the Bible “pansy-assed”, Brown challenged him to a debate to see “what a big man you are in a debate with someone who can talk back.” Savage accepted, going so far as to have Brown over to his home for dinner with his husband and child before a sit-down debate moderated by the New York Times’ Beliefs columnist, Mark Oppenheimer.

The result is an awesome, hour-long, intellectual duel that’s the closest thing most of us liberal, art-loving, political junkies will get to truly enjoying a sporting event…

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