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Dan Savage was born in Chicago, Illinois ,  the son of Judith "Judy" (née Schneider), who worked at Loyola University , and William Savage, Sr.  He has German and Irish ancestry.   The third of four children,  Savage was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North , which he has described as "a Catholic high school in Chicago for boys thinking of becoming priests."  Though Savage has stated that he is now "a wishy-washy agnostic " and an atheist ,  he has said that he still identifies as "culturally Catholic."