71% Say Newsom Beating Gallagher in Gay Marriage Debate

06/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The California Supreme Court may have just weighed in on gay marriage, but participants in the NOW on PBS gay marriage interactive debate are still having their say.

The unique "Issue Clash" pits San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom against National Organization for Marriage president Maggie Gallagher and allows users to choose the questions and rebuttals they wish to see, vote for a winner, and add their own arguments on a feedback board.

Currently, 71% of the visitors feel Newsom is winning the gay marriage debate.


2009-05-26-newsome2.jpgGavin Newsom: Gay marriage does not threaten traditional marriage or require churches to perform marriages. This is a scare tactic that has been supported by millions of dollars in ads in California and other states throughout the nation. By allowing gay Americans to get married it in turn makes marriage stronger by affirming their commitment to each other.

Maggie Gallagher: Gay marriage advocates like Gavin sincerely believe that there are no morally relevant differences between same-sex and opposite-sex unions and that the people who see a difference are either ignorant or bigoted. So of course civil unions aren't acceptable to gay marriage advocates. Civil unions are an attempt to provide practical benefits to help gay people live their lives without disrupting the meaning of marriage. It's very clear this is not what gay rights advocates want.

Join the debate here.