Prop 8 has, sadly, passed. It’s possible, but unlikely, it will be brought down in court and a revision will be required rather than an amendment. But in the meantime, one of the few beacons of hope for gays in this country was snuffed out and that is due, at least in part, to twenty million dollars from the Mormon Church (and yes, I know they prefer to be referred to as the LDS, or Latter-Day Saints Church. I prefer to have my civil rights).
The Mormons, hardly people who need to be dissing on others for marital practices somewhat outside the mainstream, are a bunch of fucking bigoted jerks.
In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Jeff Flint, a strategist for the Yes on 8 campaign, had this to say about people who are villifying the Mormon Church for their involvement in this issue.
“I am appalled at the level of Mormon-bashing that went on during the Proposition 8 campaign and continues to this day,” he said. “If this activity were directed against any other church, if someone put up a website that targeted Jews or Catholics in a similar fashion for the mere act of participating in a political campaign, it would be widely and rightfully condemned.”
I, on the other hand, am appalled at the level of gay-bashing that went on by the mere existence of Proposition 8 and the campaign in favor of it, and that continues to this day. If this activity were directed at inter-racial or interfaith marriages, if someone put up a website targeting such in a similar fashion for the mere act of trying to have the same rights as everyone else, it would be widely and rightfully condemned.
Now the Mormons aren’t the only ones involved, just the largest. Apparently the Knights of Columbus gave one million dollars to the campaign. Oh, that’s good, and yet another reason why I consider the Catholic Church to be the greatest force of evil in the world today.
Consider this quote from Rick Jacobs, from the Courage Campaign:
Leaders of the No-on-8 campaign said they did not believe they were engaged in Mormon-bashing. “This is not about religion,” said Jacobs. “This is about a church that put itself in the middle of politics.”
Exactly. If the Church didn’t want to be called-out for their bigoted point of views, they should’ve kept their nose out of this to begin with.
The Church fired back with this:
“The Church acknowledges that such an emotionally charged issue concerning the most personal and cherished aspects of life — family and marriage — stirs fervent and deep feelings,” church spokeswoman Kim Farah wrote in an e-mail. “No one on either side of the question should be vilified, harassed or subject to erroneous information.”
That’s correct. Which is why the people who favored this shouldn’t have spread lies about how children, your poor, innocent children!, would have to learn about gay marriages in schools. That’s the “erroneous information” part. As far as the vilification and harassment part? Oh, I don’t know. What do you call it when a group of religious nut jobs wants to take away legal rights possessed by another group for no reason other than the fact that the Bible says they should?
Here’s another quote, this time from a Church member for whom irony is an unknown concept:
“As a member of the LDS church we have known [and still do] the feeling of being ridiculed and mistreated because of our faith,” he said.
As a member of a sexual minority or two, I have known [and still do], the feeling of being ridiculed and mistreated because of my sexuality. Oh, and there’s no legal discrimination against Mormons. There is against gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
Basically the Mormon Church needs to piss off back to SLC and keep their nose out of something that isn’t any of their business. If they try to stick their noses into it, they can’t blame us when we take a swipe at them.