The Aftermath

Has surprised me. I knew opponents of 8 would be unhappy, of course, but the extremity of the opposition has, yet again, astounded me.

Apparently, Mormons are SOLELY to blame for the passing of Proposition 8. The Mormon church is, according to these people, bigoted and hateful. All becase the LDS church encouraged its people to vote in favor of what many would consider a moral issue.

I had been wondering on what exactly the statistics were, and I found Bird’s blog post here that has exactly the information I was looking for. She clearly shows that the LDS population was not solely responsible for the passing of Prop 8.

And I’ll try to clarify our church’s involvement a little, in case you were wondering. Our Prophet did encourage us to support Proposition 8. However, nothing was required of anyone. Members were free to vote according to their own conscience, as they always are. Church funds were never used to support the issue. Money came from individual members of the church who felt like they wanted to donate to the cause. Church buildings were never used to house activities supporting Prop 8. We did not discuss activities surrounding the campaign in church. Church time, money, and land WAS NOT USED to support the campaign. Church MEMBERS used their own money, tim, and homes to organize and participate in the campaign as they saw fit.

We are a religious people. We have the freedom of religion granted to every American. We also have the right to vote according to our beliefs, and the right to express our political opinions and support any political campaign that we want to.

And if I still see protesters outside of the temple at my sister’s wedding in a few weeks, I am going to be VERY VERY ANGRY. The temple is, to us, a house of the Lord. Literally. It is a place of peace and spiritual devotion. To assault us on holy ground is offensive to me. Especially since no one is bothering the Catholics, Muslims, Jews, or Protestant churches who also supported Proposition 8. Protesting outside our temples does nothing other than upset and offend individuals who may or may not have supported the Proposition 8 campaign, and infringe on OUR constitutional right to practice our religion.

Maybe, instead of protesting and harrassing people, proponents of gay marriage could find a more constructive way to try to get their way? Search for a compromise, instead of attacking people who may not have had anything to do with it? Just a thought.

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Published in: on November 7, 2008 at 10:36 am  Comments (3)  
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3 Comments

  1. Your last two paragraphs are clearly asking too much of the lunatic fringe. They don’t play nice when they don’t get what they want. Civility is out the door quickly.

  2. And if I still see protesters outside of the temple at my sister’s wedding in a few weeks, I am going to be VERY VERY ANGRY.

    You have denied other people the right to get married. Wouldn’t it have been perfectly fair if they had prevented your sister from getting married?

  3. Tim, part of my point was that no one out there knows how my sister voted. She was so busy with preparing for her wedding, that she had nothing to do with any sort of campaigning. She voted whatever she felt was right, which is HER legal right. Why punish her for that?
    I think protesting on private grounds, graffiti on private property, threats of physical violence, and suspicious looking letters all take the protesting way too far. Threatening people’s lives is entirely inappropriate. I understand that gay people don’t like the outcome, and they want change. Why can’t they go about it peacefully, the way supporters of Prop 8 did? I know that isn’t always effective, but it’s a good place to start.
    And again I ask, why are Mormons the only ones being targeted? We were in the minority of religions who supported Prop 8. Yes, we were more vocal. Yes, we donated more money – because we wanted to, not because our church forced us to. But when you look at the numbers, the Mormons made up a very small percentage of the vote. Why don’t you go protest outside a synagogue or a mosque or a catholic school for a change? Oh yeah, because then you’d get in trouble. You’re just picking on Mormons because they make a good scapegoat and you can get away with it.


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