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Dear Sanpete,

I can see how framing my conversation with Ms. Moos as "bridge building" can seem like liberal self-congratulation. "Gay man and lesbian find common ground" isn't exactly headline news. But the point of the conversation wasn't for me and Ms. Moos to reach consensus, it was for me and the greater LGBT community to find a way to make peace with incredibly intelligent, compassionate and thoughtful people like Mr. Mouw who think that Ms. Moos and I don't deserve equal marriage rights. Our conversation has at least started me, and perhaps others, on a path to that kind of reconciliation. With great optimism and hope, I trust that the path runs in both directions.

All the best,
Chad Smyser