GUESS WHO'S COMING...

Dan Savage Invites NOM’s Brian Brown To Dinner (And Debate)

Last month when Dan Savage told a group of high-school journalists that there was some  “bullshit” in the Bible, it incensed National Organization for Marriage head Brian Brown, who invited Savage to debate the Good Book and marriage, “any time, any place.”

In today’s edition of the Savage Lovecast, Savage’s weekly call-in podcast, he accepted Brown’s challenge—and invited him to his house for a meal.

“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. You’ll have to acknowledge my humanity by accepting my hospitality, and I’ll have to acknowledge yours by extending my hospitality to you.”

Savage sayshe thought a lot about the form the debate would take, eschewing what he called “the colosseum route”:

“We could fill a room with my screaming partisans and your screaming partisans…. but I think that would create more heat than light.”

Savage says the debate would take place after the dishes were cleared and can cover any topic. It would be moderated by the New York Times‘ Mark Oppenheimer (who has written positive profiles of both Savage and former NOM head Maggie Gallagher) and eventually posted, unedited, on YouTube.