Guess who’s coming to dinner?
President of National Organization for Marriage Brian Brown will have dinner hosted by sex advice columnist Dan Savage to discuss single-sex marriage.
Brown supports pro-gender marriage and is spokesman for NOM which states, “Marriage is about bringing together men and women so children can have mothers and fathers.”
Gay rights activist Savage launched the “It Gets Better Project” to encourage youth with same-sex attraction and prevent suicide. Ironically, the anti-bully spokesman recently offended high school students with his antagonistic speech. After seeing the video of Savage disparaging the Bible, Brown challenged Savage to a debate man to man.
"I issued a challenge to Dan Savage, after watching him insult the Bible and Christians who believe in it to a conference of high school student journalists.
Pick on someone your own size, I told Dan. Don't prove you can make 14-year-old girls cry by your over the top rhetoric and your ignorance of what the Biblical understanding of sex and marriage means.
Any time, any place, I told him, I'll be there.
Dan Savage responded with an invitation to his house for dinner, with New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer for a moderator and a film crew to cover."
"Brown said he would debate me 'anytime, anywhere.' Brown expected, no doubt, that I would pack a hall with hooting, hollering supporters of marriage equality who would boo and shout him down. (Which was probably what he was after—it would've allowed Brown to play the victim and complain about hypocritical, intolerant liberals.) Instead I invited Brown and his wife to come to dinner at my house and meet my husband and son. No booing crowd, no grandstanding. Dinner. I would have to acknowledge Brown's humanity by extending my hospitality, he would have to acknowledge mine by accepting my hospitality. After dinner, Mark Oppenheimer, a NYT journalist, would moderate an dinner-table debate about marriage, about equality, about the bible, and about religion. Today Brian Brown accepted my invitation to dinner:
So...It looks like I'm gonna have to clear all the Catholic kitch out of our living room and dining room—my 5' plaster Jesus, our 3' plaster Mary, all my other plaster saints, the dozens of rosaries hanging around their plaster necks, the stack of disintegrating hymnals on the mantle, etc. Wouldn't want Brian to think there's something disrespectful about our collection. Our Catholic kitch is all family heirlooms. My late grandfather's rosaries, most of them prayed to pieces, were headed to the dump when I picked them out of the trash. But will knowing that my 5' plaster Jesus has been evacuated to our bedroom be more of a torment for Brian?Details about the exact date and time of the Savage/Brown debate to come. The debate will be videotaped and released on YouTube. Stay tuned for more info..."
"Dan -- I accept and will look forward to debating you at your dining room table. As I said in my challenge to you, anytime, any place.
While I appreciate the invitation that you have extended to my wife, she will not be able to attend. She is a full-time mom with seven beautiful children and an eighth on the way.
I have no objection to Mark Oppenheimer from the New York Times covering the discussion, nor to you hiring your own video crew to film the event, provided that I am able to hire my own video crew to be sure there is no creative editing of the discussion.Not that a New York Times reporter would slant the news, mind you!
This will be fun!"
As for the debate about segregating genders in marriage, let’s hope It Gets Better for everybody.