Guess who’s invited to dinner?

As reported by Bill Daley for the Chicago Tribune:

"The Hearty Boys, a gay Chicago couple who once hosted a Food Network show, have invited former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to come for dinner and see what gay family life is like.

"In remarks earlier this month at the College of New Jersey, Huckabee likened the freedom to marry effort to legalizing drug use, incest and polygamy. He also said gay couples should not adopt. Children are not puppies," the 2008 GOP presidential candidate was quoted as saying.

"That's prompted Steve McDonagh, who with his partner, Dan Smith, adopted a son in 2005, to respond with an open letter/invitation on his blog (

"'You may know me from Food Network. My partner, Dan Smith, and I are The Hearty Boys. We're Chicago caterers, restaurateurs, cookbook authors and most importantly, dads. Dan and I have been in a stable, monogamous, loving, positive, nurturing and healthy relationship for 13 years. We were blessed to adopt our son, Nate, at his birth 4 1/2 years ago.'

"'Sir, your comments likening my parenting my son to adopting a pet are beyond hurtful and dangerous. My love, passion and commitment to Nate is not one iota different than what you have for John Mark, David and Sarah. Our son is loved and cared for just as much. He feels just as loved and cared for. He is a happy, well adjusted little guy whom I fiercely love.'

"'Mr. Huckabee, I invite you to spend the evening with us at our home in Chicago next time you come through. You need to understand and see firsthand what a family like ours is like. We are no less a family than yours, and in fact, we are healthier and more stable than most.'"

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