By Evan: Debates

Evan Wolfson discusses President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage on ‘Face the Nation’

CBS News Face the Nation

Given the political implications of the recent vote on marriage in North Carolina, some have suggested the Democratic Party should move its convention this year to another state. Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, said the convention should stay there. “I think what we need in North Carolina and throughout the country is exactly what the president exemplified, which is talking about the conversations he’s had in his life with real gay people, real families,” he said. “These are the kinds of conversations that are changing hearts and minds. We’re going to see more of those conversations in North Carolina.”

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher on ‘Nightline’

goodasyou.org

Read commentary and watch video of debate between Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher posted on Good As You.

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher

Yale Daily News

Summary of a debate at Yale University between Evan Wolfson and Maggie Gallagher, the former President of the National Organization for Marriage.


They were joined by about 250 students and guests in Sudler Hall for a YPU debate titled “Resolved: Same-Sex Couples Should be Allowed to Marry.”

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson and Tony Perkins of Family Research Council on CNN’s Rick’s List

You Tube

Watch video of CNN Rick’s List debate between Evan Wolfson and Tony Perkins.

DEBATE: Ivan Wolfson and David French of the Alliance Defense Fund

The Michael Medved Show

Listen to the debate from the Michael Medved radio show between Evan Wolfson and David French of the Alliance Defense Fund on Thursday, May 20th 2010 over the issues surrounding the freedom to marry.

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson and Rev. Lou Sheldon

Stanford University

Listen to the debate between Evan Wolfson and Traditional Values Coalition leader, Lou Sheldon, over ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

VIDEO: Public Policy Lecture Series: “Should State Legislatures Approve Same-sex Marriage

C-SPAN

From C-SPAN, Evan Wolfson debates parenting and marriage equality with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values.  Evan draws on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one. This debate was held on March 14, 2007 at Pace Law School. / Streaming video from Pace Law School /

Evan’s opening remarks on YouTube

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson and Tony Perkins debate Maine ballot initiative on ‘Anderson Cooper 360’

CNN: Anderson Cooper 360

Video: Anderson Cooper interviews Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, and Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, about the 2009 Maine ballot initiative that took away marriage equality.

VIDEO: Public Policy Lecture Series: “Should State Legislatures Approve Same-sex Marriage

CSPAN

Evan Wolfson debates parenting and marriage equality with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values. Evan draws on the leading experts (American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Law Quarterly) who say ending discrimination in marriage would help families and hurt no one. This debate was held on March 14, 2007 at Pace Law School. / Streaming video from Pace Law School /
Download video / Evan’s opening remarks on YouTube

VIDEO: Marriage? Babies Required!

MSNBC

Evan Wolfson debates Charmaine Yoest MSNBC News Live regarding the merits of Washington State’s Initiative 957 which would require couples who have not procreated after 3 years of marriage to lose their license. The initiative is a clear attempt to challenge the Washington State Supreme Court’s mandate that same sex couples exclusion from marriage is warranted by the need for non-gay couples to and their kids to have their reproduction privileged by the state. What about gay couples and their kids? No protections for them? Evan Wolfson lays bare the claims of the anti-gay Family Research Council in mere seconds!

VIDEO: Marriage? Babies Required!

MSNBC

Evan Wolfson debates Charmaine Yoest MSNBC News Live regarding the merits of Washington State’s Initiative 957 which would require couples who have not procreated after 3 years of marriage to lose their license. The initiative is a clear attempt to challenge the Washington State Supreme Court’s mandate that same sex couples exclusion from marriage is warranted by the need for non-gay couples to and their kids to have their reproduction privileged by the state. What about gay couples and their kids? No protections for them? Evan Wolfson lays bare the claims of the anti-gay Family Research Council in mere seconds!

Marshall-Newman Amendment debated

Virginia Law Weekly

Evan Wolfson debated VA Delegate Bob Marshall, co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to the VA Constitution to prohibit legal recognition or benefits for same-sex relationships October 5 in VA. Though there were rumors of planned protests and disruptions, the only incident during the controversial debate was a silent protest by two students who stood and turned their backs during Delegate Marshall’s opening statements. Wolfson, the obvious favorite of the crowd in attendance, did not suffer any disruptions while speaking.

Marshall-Newman Amendment Debated

Virginia Law Weekly

Evan Wolfson debated VA Delegate Bob Marshall, co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to the VA Constitution to prohibit legal recognition or benefits for same-sex relationships October 5 in VA. Though there were rumors of planned protests and disruptions, the only incident during the controversial debate was a silent protest by two students who stood and turned their backs during Delegate Marshall’s opening statements. Wolfson, the obvious favorite of the crowd in attendance, did not suffer any disruptions while speaking.

PODCAST: Evan Wolfson debates Maggie Gallagher at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

Debating Maggie Gallagher of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a prolific opponent of gay couples’ freedom to marry, Evan Wolfson quotes Ronald Reagan’s critique of those who “see something happen in practice and wonder if it will work in theory.”

PODCAST: Marriage Equality Leader Debates VA Anti-Gay Amendment Sponsor

University of Virginia School of Law

Evan Wolfson’s October 5, 2006, debate with VA Delegate Bob Marshall, co-sponsor of a proposed amendment to the VA Constitution to prohibit legal recognition or benefits for same-sex relationships.

Why Marriage Matters: Authors Debate the Right to Marry

The Capital Times

Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family and Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry debated “why marriage matters” — also the title of each author’s book, last night in Madison, WI. While Stanton believes marriage should remain an “exclusive province of heterosexual couples,” Wolfson argues that this denial of marriage to a group of people is contrary to the American traditions of equality and justice. Wolfson stressed that marriage is a powerful statement about the love and commitment between two people, and legal barriers to that commitment “is hurtful and wrong. In America we all have the right to be both equal and different and no one has to give up their differences to be treated equally under the law.” A packed theater listened to the debate, as a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment is likely to reach voters in Fall 2006. Wolfson is confident that “fair-minded people will rise to fairness” once they have had a chance to receive and absorb information about the proposed ban.

Evan Wolfson debates Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family (mp3)

Freedom To Marry

Debating equal rights for same-sex couples at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry agree that marriage matters. A proposed marriage amendment is due to arrive in the Wisconsin legislature and many have the question of why marriage matters on their minds. Debating the importance of marriage and ending discrimination in marriage to same-sex couples, Wolfson and Stanton debate the important issue in front of a packed amphitheater.

DEBATE: Evan Wolfson debates Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family (mp3)

Freedom to Marry

Debating equal rights for same-sex couples at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family and Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry agree that marriage matters. A proposed marriage amendment is due to arrive in the Wisconsin legislature and many have the question of why marriage matters on their minds. Debating the importance of marriage and ending discrimination in marriage to same-sex couples, Wolfson and Stanton debate the important issue in front of a packed amphitheater.