The "Yes on Proposition 8" Campaign was heavily financed by forces within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more frequently known as the Mormons. (More precisely, Mormon leaders urged followers to donate to the campaign — including from out of state — and Mormons did, reportedly to the tune of $20 million. In the wake of the passage of Prop 8, there have been bitter protests outside the Mormon temple in Westwood. And an independent group supporting the No on 8 campaign released a very hard-hitting advertisement on the subject that infuriated Mormons:
A commercial opposing Proposition 8 also drew criticism. In it, two actors portraying Mormon missionaries forced their way into the well-kept home of a married lesbian couple.
"Hi, we're here from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," one says.
"We're here to take away your rights," says his partner.
The missionaries then rip the wedding rings from the women's fingers and ransack their house until they find the women's marriage license, which they destroy.
"Hey, we have rights," one of the women says.
"Not if we can help it," answers the missionary.
That's rough, and the Mormons and No on 8 supporters call it bigotry. I think it's fair comment. If a church urges it members to support a particular political position financially, then attributing that position to the church is entirely appropriate.
Kip at a Stitch in Haste has a understandably angry piece about LDS involvement in Prop 8 that is well worth reading. I wouldn't use and don't condone some of Kip's language about religion, but share his view that the LDS leadership now calling for healing is outrageous and contemptible. The LDS church has cast the die; it has chosen to use its power with its supporters to generate vast financial support for a measure calculated to prevent people who love each other from getting married. The dark dreams of McCain/Feingold aside, its supporters have that right. But now the church and its supporters are marked. History, and the people of California, will remember and judge them accordingly.
If you want to be loved, don't be hate's piggy bank.
Edit: Via John Scalzi, a fun and constructive way to make your voice heard.
Edited again: For a dissenting view, see the Volokh Conspiracy.
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