WITH JONATHAN RAUCH AND DAVID BLANKENHORN
HOSTED BY KRISTA TIPPETT, "ON BEING", AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA
Redefining the definition of marriage is a monumental cultural transition. But we've reduced our public deliberation of this matter — even inside our religious institutions — to a matter of votes and laws. The reality is, even one-third of Democrats still express opposition to gay marriage. But younger people of every political and moral persuasion are coming to a collective comfort level and consensus. Jonathan Rauch is a gay man and gay marriage advocate who respects the values and concerns of social conservatives and wants them taken seriously. David Blankenhorn is a self-identified liberal democrat and long time family and marriage advocate, who testified for gay marriage opponents during California's Prop. 8 ballot initiative. But he has recently withdrawn his legal opposition to gay marriage, acknowledging the emerging moral consensus. They have developed a friendship that has surprised and changed them both. We'll listen in on their common struggle to respond compassionately to both sides of our human and civilizational encounter with same sex union, and to discuss it in terms of civil society and a pro-family agenda.
The Civil Conversations Project is brought to you by public radio's Krista Tippett ("On Being"), in collaboration with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Brookings Institution, and the John C. Danforth Center for Religion & Politics.
david blankenthorn imageDAVID BLANKENHORN
David Blankenhorn is president of the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in the U.S. and the world. Blankenhorn is the author of Fatherless America (Basic Books, 1995), The Future of Marriage (Encounter Books, 2007), and Thrift: A Cyclopedia (Templeton Foundation Press, 2008). He is the co-editor of eight books, including Franklin's Thrift:The Lost History of an American Virtue (Templeton Press 2009). In 1977, he graduated magna cum laude in social studies from Harvard, where he was president of Phillips Brooks House, the campus community service center, and the recipient of a John Knox Fellowship. In 1978, he was awarded an M.A. with distinction in comparative social history from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. He currently resides in New York City.
Jonathan Rauch is one of the country's most respected and original writers on government, public policy, and gay marriage, among other things. The author of several books and many articles, he won the 2005 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary and the 2010 National Headliner Award for magazine columns. He is a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a leading Washington think-tank, and a contributing editor of National Journaland The Atlantic.
His latest book is Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004 by Times Books (Henry Holt). It makes the case that same-sex marriage would benefit not only gay people but society and the institution of marriage itself. Although much of his writing has been on public policy, he has also written on topics as widely varied as adultery, agriculture, economics, gay marriage, height discrimination, biological rhythms, number inflation, and animal rights.
Rauch was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated in 1982 from Yale University. He went on to become a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina before moving to Washington in 1984. From 1984-89 he covered fiscal and economic policy for National Journal. In 1990 he spent six months in Japan as a fellow of the Japan Society Leadership Program, and in 1996 he was awarded the Premio Napoli alla Stampa Estera for his coverage, in The Economist, of the European Parliament. His articles appear in The Best American Magazine Writing 2005 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 and 2007. In 2011 he won the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association prize for excellence in opinion writing. He has also won two second-place prizes (2000 and 2001) in the National Headliner Awards. He has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs.
Host Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. As the creator and host of public radio's On Being, she takes up the great animating questions of human life: What does it mean to be human? And how do we want to live? Krista and her guests reach beyond the headlines to explore meaning, faith, and ethics amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st century life. The program is heard on radio across the U.S. and globally via podcast. Krista was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin and holds a masters of divinity from Yale University. Her books include Einstein's God - Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit; and Speaking of Faith — Why Religion Matters, and How to Talk about It.
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