Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Why Are Gays Mad at the Mormon Church?
The reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 (the measure that deleted the right for same-sex couples to marry) was surprising. The usually disorganized gay community rose up as one, protesting all over the country. And the bulk of their ire was aimed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--the Mormons. This--for some reason--confused some people, especially Mormons.
It really shouldn't be so surprising. This wasn't your typical "issue," where one side won and one side lost. This was the removal of a right that had already been attained, against a distinct group of people, and only them. They weren't supposed to take it seriously? And the fact that the Mormon Church used its considerable influence to get the thing passed ought to make things plain as day. Still, many supporters of Prop 8 wonder aloud why gays aren't protesting Muslims. Ummm, because the Muslims didn't funnel money and into California?
Anyway, below is one of the best encapsulations of the reasons why that I've seen to date. If you truly don't understand--and think that the Mormons are somehow the victims here--read on.
Why we're mad at the Mormon church
Leading up to the Nov. 4 vote, the Courage Campaign Issues Committee bought time on cable television to air an advertisement against Proposition 8 entitled "Home Invasion." The hard-hitting ad depicted two arrogant Mormon missionaries invading the home of a lesbian couple, stripping them of their wedding rings and shredding their marriage license. . .
Read more at: Los Angeles Times