On August 15, LGBT activist and columnist Dan Savage squared off against National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.
The two men, starkly opposed on the issue of LGBT rights, met at Savage’s home in Seattle for dinner and a hour-long debate over same sex marriage and the Bible. The debate was moderated by The New York Times’ Matt Oppenheimer and uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.
Savage was challenged to a one-on-one debate by Brown in May and cheerfully accepted the challenge.
Savage told Brown that same sex marriage wasn’t “an attack on anyone’s faith” and that promoting long-term, committed relationships between same sex couples wad good public policy. He fought against the idea that allowing same sex couples to marry would not have an effect on opposite sex couples.
But Brown insisted there was a legitimate reason to limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman. Besides tradition, Brown argued that the government should limit marriage to a man and a woman because it promoted a unique relationship that encouraged the healthy upbringing of children. He denied that a same sex couple could provide a child with the same environment that an opposite sex couple could.
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