Conservatives' attempt to stop marriage equality's momentum is a "losing argument," New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat said during a panel discussion in New York. "The secular arguments against gay marriage, when they aren't just based on bigotry or custom, tend to be abstract in ways that don't find purchase in American political discourse," said Douthat, who opposes marriage for religious reasons. "I say, 'Institutional support for reproduction,' you say, 'I love my boyfriend and I want to marry him.' Who wins that debate? You win that debate."