About Maggie Gallagher (Answering in the Negative): Maggie Gallagher is a co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, which the Washington Post has called the "preeminent" national organization fighting to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife. Maggie served as Chairman of the Board until September 2011.
NOM's formal mission is "protecting marriage and the faith communities that sustain it," but as Maggie likes to put it, "we fight gay marriage—and win."
NOM is credited with raising the early money to get Prop 8 on the ballot in California, lead the effort to repeal gay marriage in Maine, helped block gay marriage bills in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Rhode Island, spent more than $600,000 airing media ads in Iowa that helped persuade Iowans to refuse to re-elect three judges who voted for gay marriage, and helped flip the legislature in New Hampshire after the majority voted for gay marriage in 2010. NOM also played a key role in persuading Minnesota to pass a marriage amendment, bringing the issue to voters in 2012.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of three books on marriage including The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially with University of Chicago Prof. Linda Waite. Her forthcoming book Debating Same-Sex Marriage (co-authored with Prof. John Corvino) will be published by Oxford University Press.
Maggie has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, National Review and other media. She has been a syndicated columnist for fifteen years. Her academic essays have appeared in the Ave Maria Law Journal, the Notre Dame Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Northwestern Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Louisiana Law Journal, and elsewhere. She appears frequently on national media, including EWTN, ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and NPR.
She has debated gay marriage before audiences throughout the country, at Harvard Law School, Cornell Law School, Princeton University, Yale Law School, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Franciscan University at Steubenville, the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association, and the Aspen Gay and Lesbian Institute.
She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband and family.
About Jonathan Rauch (Answering in the Affirmative): JONATHAN RAUCH, a senior writer and columnist for National Journal magazine in Washington and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, is the author of several books and many articles on public policy, culture, and economics. He is also a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a leading Washington think-tank. In 2005 he received the National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.
His latest book is Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004 by Times Books (Henry Holt). It makes the case that, properly implemented, same-sex marriage would benefit not only gay couples but society and the institution of marriage itself. Although much of his writing has been on public policy, he has also written on topics as widely varied as adultery, agriculture, economics, gay marriage, height discrimination, biological rhythms, number inflation, and animal rights.
His award-winning column, “Social Studies,” is published in National Journal (a Washington-based weekly on government, politics, and public policy) and covers culture, foreign affairs, politics, and law. His articles also appear in The Atlantic. Among the many other publications for which he has written are The New Republic, The Economist, Reason, Harper’s, Fortune, Reader’s Digest, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TheWashington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and others.
In his 1994 book Demosclerosis—revised and republished in 2000 as Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working—he argues that America’s government is becoming gradually less flexible and effective with time, and suggests ways to treat the malady. His 1993 book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (published by the University of Chicago Press) defends free speech and robust criticism, even when it is racist or sexist and even when it hurts. In 1992 his book The Outnation: A Search for the Soul of Japan questioned the then-conventional wisdom that Japan was fundamentally different from the West.
In 1996, with Robert Litan, he also co-authored a report for the U.S. Treasury Department on the future of the financial-services industry (American Finance for the 21st Century). In 1995 he spent a year as a visiting writer for The Economist magazine in London, and in 1997 he returned as guest editor of the Christmas special issue.
Rauch was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated in 1982 from Yale University. He went on to become a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina before moving to Washington in 1984. From 1984-89 he covered fiscal and economic policy for National Journal. In 1990 he spent six months in Japan as a fellow of the Japan Society Leadership Program, and in 1996 he was awarded the Premio Napoli alla Stampa Estera for his coverage, in The Economist, of the European Parliament. In addition to receiving the 2005 National Magazine Award, his National Journal column was awarded the second-place National Headliner Award for magazine columns in 2000 and again in 2001. His articles appear in The Best Magazine Writing 2005 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 and 2007. He has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs.