Well, I think that anything said about this being a publicity stunt is a HUGE stretch. I see the lack of rights for a gay couple (as well as the ignorance and homophobia in this forum) to be an issue of human dignity, which is in line with Catholic Social Teaching. I see the disrespect towards each other both in this forum and towards gay people (especially with the "keep it out of my face" attitude... God forbid you say that to a straight person) as really disheartening. It would make me ashamed of being Catholic... except my Catholic roots go pretty deep, and I believe there is room for intellectual conversation between those who carry differing opinions. No one needs to be crucified here.
So, as a young, educated Catholic, who enjoys learning and thinking through all sides of an issue... maybe it is right to say that the future of this country is completely screwed in your eyes. In that case, I will keep praying.
There is no greater threat to human dignity than that which defies the natural order of humanity itself.
"Intellectual conversation" is often a coded phrase meaning to initiate conversation intended to protest and redefine that which is clearly defined by Natural Law. The post-Vatican II period in the history of our Church is flush with "intellectuals" who have done little more than cause our Church to come apart at the seams and protestantize our faith, all in the name of "we don't want to offend anyone."
Personally, in matters of faith, I have little interest in "intellectual conversation." I have the word of God and the writings of the saints and apostles to educate me as to what is right and wrong, appropriate and inappropriate, moral and immoral. I don't need a bookworm scholar from an institution of higher learning to tell me how I should interpret that which comes from the greatest institution of highest learning.