Savage Love author and creator of the It Gets Better project Dan Savage recently invited Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, over to his home for dinner with him and his husband. The meal was followed by a good ol' fashioned, formal debate on gay marriage. Brown surprisingly accepted the invitation and, with the help of moderator and New York Times author Mark Oppenheimer, the Dinner Table Debate was on.

Both parties remained remarkably controlled throughout the discussion — a testament to their civility, we suppose. But it's nothing short of miracle that at no point throughout the hour-long conversation did Dan Savage flip over the table, scream-sputtering things like, "BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS! SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE! GAH!"

[Dinner Table Debate]