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We Can Thank The Mormons… Seriously

Posted on 23 November 2008 by admin

It seems safe to say that a new day has arrived for the gay community. We can all feel it in the air. It’s not only anger whirling around, but definitely something else. Hope? That seems too weak. Certainty that we will prevail? That too, but there is more.  As terrible as this dirty fight smack-down feels, this is unquestionably a new day, and many, many others are standing up loudly with us now.  Whatever it is, hope and certainty seem like woefully inadequate words to describe it.

We would not have “this” — whatever this is — if we had won.  We’d be just another state, and an unsurprising one at that, with gay marriage.  We probably would not have “this” if we lost with a more balanced set of opponents.  With 50% plus of the money, and perhaps even more than that in volunteers, the Mormons given us a crystal clear example of the injustice we fight.  So clear that it should be used as evidence in courtrooms as we continue the fight for our cause.

Kate Kendell, with the No on 8 campaign, is troubled by the idea of one religion having such influence. “What the protests tap into is really a sense of outrage and betrayal that any one church would be such a prime mover behind an effort to eliminate a fundamental right,” she said to the Seattle Times.

While I know there will be future upsets, I simply cannot imagine how this can be allowed to stand. I cannot imagine that the downfall of Prop 8 will not be seen as the pivotal moment and foundation of what will lead to marriage equality across our nation.   I don’t think that I’d feel this certainty without the Mormon church having made the injustice so clear.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. sam Says:

    I agree, but if we do have to put this up for a vote again, we need to make sure that a ballot measure that would outlaw any marriage that “an independent officer of the court” is not welcome to observe as illegal.

    People may object, but this doesn’t outlaw Mormon marriage. That said, you can rest assured of their objections as marriages in their temples (and perhaps some other religious marriages, I don’t know of any common ones where non-members are not allowed to attend but could be wrong) would no longer be legally binding. Mormons would be forced to focus their efforts fighting this proposition instead of the one reversing prop 8.

    As personally satisfying as a ban on Mormon marriage may be, this is not it. It is better. Mormons could continue marrying in their temples if they wished but then would need a civil marriage (OR A DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP … THEY ARE THE SAME RIGHT MORMONS?!?) if they wanted legal rights with their marriage. There are multiple upsides to this. 1. Such a marriage law would indeed protect women and children from the abuses they have suffered under some religious marriage contracts. 2. Mormons will have to see marriage as both a civil and a religious contract. 3. Hopefully, it will help all fair minded people see that we want equal CIVIL rights not equal RELIGIOUS rights.

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