Last Wednesday, I participated in a debate on the marriage amendment sponsored by the Northshroe Grassroots organization. I spoke on behalf of the amendment, along with Pastor Reed Heckman, currently with the Family Research Institute. Opposing us were Madison attorney Lester Pines and the Rev. Drew Kennedy, pastor of the First Unitarian Society.
There were about 75 people there and my initial guess is that Reed, the Reddess and I were the only pro-amendment people there, although I got an e-mail from at least one other. The folks running the forum - and many in the audience were gracious and friendly. There was, however, among many others a certain smugness and sense of moral and intellectual superiority that is the particular temptation of the politically certain. Reed would say things that are simply facts and a good portion of the crowd would gasp, giggle and hiss as if it were the silliest thing that they ever heard.
It is good to keep in mind that everything we know may not be true. On the other hand, I need to be reminded of that as much as the next guy.
In any event, thanks to Keith Schmitz for inviting me. It was great to see Legal Aid Society lawyer Pete Koneazny, an old college classmate. Pete is an incredibly decent fellow and an excellent lawyer. His politics could use a complete makeover, but who among us is perfect?