Thursday, October 9, 2008


It's ironic that Proposition 8's promising fortunes have seemed to have changed for the worse within the last few days, largely because of the constant advertisements showing a seemingly cocky Gavin Newsom advocating for same-sex marriage. The fate of Prop. 8 is in the hands of the voters in California, and the outlook as of this time is not one about which to be complacent.

The Mormon Church is, again, telling its members to assiduously lobby and vote against this measure, again appealing to doing "the work of the Lord":

"'What we're about is the work of the Lord, and He will bless you for your involvement,' apostle M. Russell Ballard said during the hourlong meeting, which was broadcast to church buildings in California, Utah, Hawaii and Idaho.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is part of a coalition of conservative groups backing Proposition 8, which would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the nation's most populous state by amending the state constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

"Mormons have been active participants in the campaign both as volunteers and financial contributors, giving an estimated 43 percent - some $8.4 million - to the Proposition 8 campaign, according to the Web site There are about 770,000 Mormon church members in California, but Mormons from outside the state have been encouraged to give money and time to help pass the measure."

[For the full article, see here.]

As I previously wrote regarding the LDS Church and its stance on Gay people and same-sex marriage:

"A new pamphlet put out by "LDS Church leaders" ..."urges those who have felt rejected by fellow church members to 'show love and kindness to others' in order to help change attitudes and follow Christ more fully. No member of the church should ever be intolerant.' At the same time, 'it is not helpful to flaunt homosexual tendencies or make them the subject of unnecessary observation or discussion,' the document says. 'It is better to choose as friends those who do not publicly display their homosexual feelings. The careful selection of friends and mentors who lead constructive, righteous lives is one of the most important steps to being productive and virtuous.'"

" therapist [David Pruden] familiar with the content said it is a valid attempt by church leaders to reach out, acknowledging that anything official on such a volatile subject 'can be misread. I feel for them,'"

"No David! I feel sorry for the countless numbers of Gay people and their families who are victimized by this kind of ignorant hatred! I feel sorry that people like the leadership of your Church, and those within almost all denominations within Christianity, have so infused the culture that their ignorant and warped understanding of sexuality and emotional sensibilities have tainted so many people's lives both inside and outside of your Church! I feel sorry for the Gay kids thrown out of their homes by their very own families because they listened to the likes of your Church's rhetoric, and were and are erroneously and tragically thinking that the leaders of your Church, and those of other like-minded churches, were and are speaking for the God of love! I feel sorry for the many Gay children who commit suicide, or who are made to suffer for the rest of their lives because of this ignorant hatred done in the name of "compassion!"

"May God help us all from the ravages this Church and others like it have done to so many Gay people's lives!"

[For the full article, see here.]

It's ironic that the LDS Church would support those who rely on the worn out phrase "traditional marriage" when advocating against same-sex marriage, particularly given its own checkered marital and sexual history. Apparently, hypocrisy isn't restricted to secular society, but can be promulgated as being part of "the work of the Lord."

It's very crucial that every single person in California who truly cares about full and equal rights for every citizen, get out and vote against Proposition 8. The future of civil rights for LGBT people in California and, by extension, in the rest of the nation, hangs on the outcome of this vote!
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