Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Watch Three Must-See Marriage Equality Debates

In the wake of two historic rulings from the Supreme Court and the restoration of marriage equality in California, pro-equality attorneys, activists, and anchors took to the airwaves Sunday to defend their victories.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

July 01 2013 12:43 PM ET

On NBC's Meet the Press, out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow squared off with former Republican senator Jim DeMint, who currently heads the antigay Heritage Foundation, as he was backed up by Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, who now heads the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Maddow, along with host David Gregory, did an impressive job of holding the right-wingers' feet to the fire as they played fast and loose with the facts. 

Shutting down DeMint's facetious argument that one-man-one-woman marriage is best for children, Maddow called out the haters. "You guys for a generation have argued that public policy ought to demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist," said Maddow in one of several excellent takedowns. "But you don’t make any less of us exist, you are just arguing for more discrimination. And more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better."


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