Mormons have little love for CA gays

We cannot display this galleryWell, there was good news and bad news coming out of last night’s election. Here’s some of the bad news…

It looks like Proposition 8 Prop Hate, the California initiative to ban same-sex marriage, will pass with a narrow 52% majority in part because of ambivalence from the Obama-Biden ticket but mainly because of a push from the religious right.

The $44 million crusade by religious conservatives to reverse the California Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality was one of the most expensive campaigns of the political season. Just think of all the poor and disadvantaged people that could’ve been helped with all that cash. Most of this money came from out-of-state, making the amendment to California’s state constitution all the more egregious.

According to some estimates, 77% of Prop Hate’s funding came from members of the Mormon Church. Maybe they should do something about the child-abusing, polygamist loonies in their own ranks before they start imposing their views about marriage and family on the rest of us. Get the mote out of thine own eye and all that…

My respect for the Mormon Church and the religious right in general couldn’t get any lower. Don’t forget that these so-called Christians gave us eight years of the worst, most corrupt president in U.S. history. A man whose gift to the world was an unnecessary war and economic policies that created a global financial crisis. Their support of George W. Bush came largely because he campaigned on wedge issues — like opposition to gay rights. And now the entire planet is worse off because of their reactionary, short-sighted politics.

Have these self-righteous busybodies ever mobilized on such a scale against homelessness or health care reform or any other cause that would improve people’s lives in any meaningful way? Or is it all about running on hate with these assholes?

Gay porn stars Brent Everett, Tyler Saint and Michael Lucas all took advantage of California’s brief flirtation with marriage equality. Looks like they — and 18,000 other gay and lesbian couples — are in legal limbo now. But word is Robin Tyler and Diane Olson — the first gay couple to legally marry in California — are filing a lawsuit against Prop Hate.

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3 Responses

  1. lavender laser

    This is tyranny of the majority at its worst. The constitution is supposed to protect minorities from this sort of thing. I’m sure that it would be overturned on constitutional grounds if it was challenged, because CA doesn’t allow major changes to its constitution with only a simple majority.

    The Mormon Church should be taxed as a political organization for its promotion of the issue.

    November 6, 2008 at 2:13 am

  2. dewah_diddy

    It’s disheartening to see so many people are willing to legally enshrine discrimination, and that most of them are also black Obama supporters. But this won’t stand. Two lawsuits have already been filed, and I’m sure it’ll be overturned — just like Prop. 22 before it. The California Supreme court already ruled that sexual orientation is covered by the Equal Protection clause of the state constitution and domestic partnerships aren’t an adequate substitute for marriage. A simple majority on a ballot initiative can’t undo that.

    November 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm

  3. S_Newart

    I’m willing to boycott any business that had anything to do with promoting this. I definitely won’t be staying at a Marriott anytime soon because it has ties to LDS. I also try to go skiing once or twice a year — usually in Alta. Might have to reconsider. To be fair though, the ski resorts in Utah usually cater to a more progressive crowd and don’t deserve to be punished with the bigots that inhabit the rest of the state.

    November 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm

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