Bishop Gene Robinson and Dr. John
Corvino will join Dr. Robert Gagnon and Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse on
a panel on gay marriage taking place Sunday, July 29 at San Diego's
Robinson is the Episcopal Church's
first openly gay bishop. He resides in New Hampshire. Wayne State
University Professor John Corvino co-authored Debating Same-Sex
Marriage with Maggie Gallagher, a former president and chairman
of the board of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). They
will argue in favor of gay nuptials.
On the other side will be Gagnon, an
Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological
Seminary, and Morse, the president and founder of the Ruth Institute,
a project of NOM.
Gagnon has written extensively on the
biblical view of homosexuality and has a history of linking
homosexuality to pedophilia, promoting “ex-gay” therapy and
condemning being gay as unhealthy and dysfunctional.
“'[G]ay marriage,' as the ultimate
legal sanctioning of homosexual behavior, will bring with it a wave
of intolerance toward, and attack on the civil liberties of, those
who publicly express disapproval of homosexual practice,” he
wrote in 2004.
this month, Morse suggested “hardcore” proponents of marriage
equality are influenced by communism.
Church is headed by Jim Garlow, a leading opponent of gay rights.