Debate Subject: How the Supreme Court will Decide the Issue of Gay Marriage Debate Participants: Troianii ProgressivePatriot Debate Judges: Cubed AndrogynousMale Mr. Swedish Guy Unifier upside-down-cake I issued an open challenge to a formal debate two months ago. It has been accepted by ProgressivePatriot. We will not debate how the Supreme Court should or should not decide on the issue of gay marriage nationally, but simply how it will. This is a matter of prediction, not personal political views. This debate will be reviewed by five judges. The judges are instructed to vote for a winner based on whose arguments they find most convincing, and not on who they hope is making the correct prediction. The debate will consist of three rounds. The first round shall be introductory arguments, in which the debaters will lay out briefly (max 300 words) how they will argue their view, and give general introductory statements. The second round shall be the main arguments (max 1000 words), in which the two debaters will lay out their arguments in full, and respond to statements the other made in the introductory round. The third and final round shall be closing statements (max 500 words), in which debaters will make their closing statements. This round is longer than is needed for a simple closing statement, so as to allow the two debaters a chance to respond to the other's remarks in the second round. As a rule, so as to give no advantage to either debater, debater's shall not respond to anything stated by the other in the same round. Debater's shall only be allowed to respond to what the other said in the previous round. I wish ProgressivePatriot the best of luck. As a final statement to all judges and viewers: please remember not to post until the two debaters, myself and Progressive Patriot, have issued our closing statements AND the judges have issued their decision on who won the debate. When you do post, please remember that the subject of debate is how SCOTUS will decide the issue, not how they should. This is a matter of predictions only.