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We imagine that Fox News talk-show host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gets a lot of invitations. Since his time is limited, he's probably most likely to accept gigs that pay his $25,000 speaking fee. But Food Network hosts Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh want Huckabee to come to their house for dinner, and they're offering him something better than money: a change of perspective.
Smith and McDonagh, a.k.a. "The Hearty Boys," are best known for winning Season 1 of the reality competition The Next Food Network Star, a success followed by their own Food Network cooking show, Party Line with the Hearty Boys. The Chicago chefs are a longtime couple, with an adopted son. So naturally, they were upset by Mike Huckabee's recent remarks comparing gay marriage to incest and drug use, and gay adoption to treating children like dogs. But rather than get angry, McDonagh decided to take the high road -- and invite the politician over for dinner.
In a letter to Huckabee, McDonagh wrote, "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... My love, passion and commitment to Nate is not one iota different than what you have for John Mark, David and Sarah."
Extending the invitation for a dinner at their home, McDonagh said, "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."
Will Huckabee accept the couple's invitation? We hope he does; his rhetoric inflicts more harm on adopted children than loving same-sex parents ever could, and it's time he understood that gay parents can raise happy, well-adjusted kids. And furthermore, you know that dinner will be absolutely delicious!
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