Dan Savage invites NOM president Brian Brown to kitchen table debate

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 16:05 EDT
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Weeks ago, in the wake of an incident in which comments he made prompted the walkout of several students during a high school talk (and caused Fox News host Steve Doocy to label him a “bully”), writer and activist Dan Savage was challenged to a one-on-one debate by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)’s President Brian Brown. Savage cheerfully accepted the challenge and said that he choose the date and venue, as per Brown’s offer. Today, according to the blog “The New Civil Rights Movement,” Savage announced the details of the debate.

In his most recent “Savage Love” podcast, released on Tuesday, the editorial director for Seattle alt weekly The Stranger said the has wasn’t opting for “the coliseum route,” but instead invited NOM’s Brown and his wife to his home in Seattle for dinner and then an hour-long after-dinner debate to be taped by an on-location film crew and moderated by New York Times writer Mark Oppenheimer.

“So, what I’d like to do is invite you to dinner. Bring the wife. My husband will be there. I will hire a video crew and we will video sort of an after dinner debate,” said Savage, “You have to acknowledge my humanity by accepting my hospitality, and I have to acknowledge your by extending my hospitality to you.”

The debate will be released, unedited, on YouTube.

(Screegrab of Dan Savage via Current TV)

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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