Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson were included in a panel debating Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment.

The two men shared the stage with the Rev. Jerry McAfee of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in North Minneapolis and Sarah Walker, a board member of Minnesotans United for all Families, the main group working to defeat the amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union. The panel was moderated by the Daily Circuit's Kerri Miller.

“The amendment here in Minnesota has to do with a simple question: Do you believe that the courts or politicians should define the nature of marriage, or do you believe that the people should?” Brown asked the audience.

Robinson, the country's first openly gay bishop, countered that marriage is not being redefined, but simply that gay couples want to join it.

“I'll tell you what's changing people's minds. They see two men or two women who love and care for each other in the ways that husbands and wives have cared for each other for countless generations. And they see them creating a family and loving their kids,” Robinson said. “As a religious person what I would say they see, is the light of God shinning in those relationships.”

(Source: Minnesota Public Radio.)

(Related: Fight over Minnesota gay marriage ban tight, poll says.)