Conversations with David Blankenhorn

Marriage, Gay Marriage, and the Catholic Tradition – with Joseph Bottum and Charles Reid, Jr.

Why did two prominent Catholic intellectuals change their minds on gay marriage? And what does that mean for the future of marriage?

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Joseph (Jody) Bottom is an editor, speaker, and best-selling author. His most recent book is An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America. His August 2013 essay in Commonweal – "The Things We Share: A Catholic's Case for Same-Sex Marriage" – was an immediate sensation. He lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Charles Reid, Jr. is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He is a prolific author of scholarly works related to marriage and marriage history as well as a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. One of his recent law review articles is "The Devil Comes to Kansas: A Story of Free Love, Sexual Privacy, and the Law."

This conversation took place in New York City on February 5, 2014.

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