The Future of Marriage

In his 2007 book, The Future of Marriage, even as David Blankenhorn argued against gay marriage as a social good, he wondered what would it take for our collective confrontation with this issue to become redemptive rather than divisive.

As Mr. Blankenhorn said in the interview, “I can just say, oh, you’re a bad person and you’re stupid, but to actually know where we disagree requires effort from you and from me. We have to have a relationship to do that and that, I’ll tell you, in today’s world of hyperpolarization and the sheer idiocy that is our public debate, you know, the heart just cries out for this kind of, you know, serious effort to achieve disagreement.”

This discussion is a wonderful one.  Like all of the other conversations in Tippett’s Civil Conversations Project, the guests on this show have realized their held positions and approaches have brought about a stalemate, leaving them to try something new.


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “The Future of Marriage”  On BeingAmerican Public Media.  October 12, 2012. 


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