Same Sex Marriage: A Civil Debate

Same Sex Marriage: A Civil Debate


Glenn and John strongly agree that controversial issues demand civil discussion, not personal attacks, and so they challenge each other’s arguments, never each other’s motives. Together they aim to promote an ongoing dialogue about civil rights and public values.


Is same-sex marriage good for society? The ongoing debate over civil unions and same-sex marriage often generates more heat than light. Yet the debate cannot be ignored, as legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships.

In this interactive program, Glenn and John present the cases for and against same sex marriage and invite the audience to join the civil discourse.

Glenn T. Stanton is the Senior Analyst for Marriage and Sexuality and the Director of Social Research and Cultural Affairs at Focus on the Family. Glenn has authored or contributed to nine books on the intersections of family and cutting social issues, including Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society and Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting. Glenn had been featured on both C-SPAN BookTV and a PBS documentary. He serves as a consultant to the Bush Administration on increasing father involvement in the Head Start program.

Corvino, a philosophy professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, is the editor of Same Sex: Debating the Ethics, Science, and Culture of Homosexuality. His writings have appeared in regional and national print media, at the online Independent Gay Forum, and in various scholarly anthologies, including Do We Need Minority Rights? and The Philosophy of Sex. For over a decade he has entertained and educated diverse audiences, including professional organizations, the Lawrence Livermore National Research Laboratory, the National Institutes of Health, and dozens of colleges and universities.

Set List

A standard debate is an hour and a half to two hours and includes Q&A.