The long-delayed legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado is all but a foregone conclusion, now that the Democrats are in control. But that doesn't mean you can't still watch two people argue about the morality of it all.
At least, that's what people at Manitou Springs' Summit Ministries figure. So they've invited author and journalist Jonathan Rauch and Glenn Stanton, an employee of Focus on the Family and former consultant on fatherhood to the George W. Bush administration, to do the honors. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, Rauch will take the side supporting civil unions, while Stanton will oppose.
Rauch is actually something of a heavy hitter, with bylines in publications like The Atlantic, The New Republic and The Economist. A recent piece in TNR lays his view out pretty plainly: "I bow to no one in my support for marriage equality," he wrote. "I have been fighting for it since 1996, when the cause seemed crazy and only the courts offered any hope at all."
In another piece, published on Salon in May of last year, Rauch wrote of love outside of legal rights: "But then came ... the discovery, too often, that we had only each other for family, yet we had none of the tools to care for one another that families need," he wrote. "We could not enter the hospital room; sometimes, we could not even enter the country. We would use our bodies to warm our shuddering 'lover' (such was the term in those days — even worse than 'partner'). We would hand-feed him as he wasted. Then, when he passed, we would be sent packing by the relatives who had never known or cared we existed.
"Never again, we said."
In the meantime, Stanton's done stuff, too, like write a whole book about why couples who live together should be married; and how Jesus actually did say gay people shouldn't get married, but he meant in a family way, so it's not codified hatred, and certainly not the way "homosexual activists" mean it, just the way Stanton thinks the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father means it.
"If today’s lazy rhetoric is to be believed, we must conclude that the Prince of Peace is a homophobic, nasty bigot who must be condemned in the strongest possible way," Stanton wrote in October, clearly hitting the nail on the head. "Who wants to step forward and cast that stone?"
Let me just warm up my throwing arm ...