We all knew it, but a New York Times article today confirms it. The passage of Prop 8 – the California Proposition the rescinded the Constitututional rights of gays and lesbians to marry, was tipped by the influence of the Mormon Church.
As Election Day approached and Prop 8 was in risk of losing, the campaign issued an urgent appeal, and in a matter of days, it raised more than $5 million, including a $1 million donation from Alan C. Ashton, the grandson of a former president of the Mormon Church. The money allowed the drive to intensify a sharp-elbowed advertising campaign, and support for the measure was catapulted ahead; it ultimately won with 52 percent of the vote.
The Times article reports, “We’ve spoken out on other issues, we’ve spoken out on abortion, we’ve spoken out on those other kinds of things,” said Michael R. Otterson, the managing director of public affairs for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons are formally called, in Salt Lake City. “But we don’t get involved to the degree we did on this.”
The California measure, Proposition 8, was to many Mormons a kind of firewall to be held at all costs. “California is a huge state, often seen as a bellwether — this was seen as a very, very important test,” Mr. Otterson said.
First approached by the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco a few weeks after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in May, the Mormons were the last major religious group to join the campaign, and the final spice in an unusual stew that included Catholics, evangelical Christians, conservative black and Latino pastors, and myriad smaller ethnic groups with strong religious ties.
Shortly after receiving the invitation from the San Francisco Archdiocese, the Mormon leadership in Salt Lake City issued a four-paragraph decree to be read to congregations, saying “the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan,” and urging members to become involved with the cause.
“And they sure did,” Mr. Schubert said.
Jeff Flint, another strategist with Protect Marriage, estimated that Mormons made up 80 percent to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door in election precincts.
The canvass work could be exacting and highly detailed. Many Mormon wards in California, not unlike Roman Catholic parishes, were assigned two ZIP codes to cover. Volunteers in one ward, according to training documents written by a Protect Marriage volunteer, obtained by people opposed to Proposition 8 and shown to The New York Times, had tasks ranging from “walkers,” assigned to knock on doors; to “sellers,” who would work with undecided voters later on; and to “closers,” who would get people to the polls on Election Day.
Suggested talking points were equally precise. If initial contact indicated a prospective voter believed God created marriage, the church volunteers were instructed to emphasize that Proposition 8 would restore the definition of marriage God intended.
But if a voter indicated human beings created marriage, Script B would roll instead, emphasizing that Proposition 8 was about marriage, not about attacking gay people, and about restoring into law an earlier ban struck down by the State Supreme Court in May.
“It is not our goal in this campaign to attack the homosexual lifestyle or to convince gays and lesbians that their behavior is wrong — the less we refer to homosexuality, the better,” one of the ward training documents said. “We are pro-marriage, not anti-gay.”
THE MORMONS ARE PRO-MARRIAGE? HELL YES- Look at their history- Marriage between a man and multiple wives is their legacy.
According to Mormon tradition, Joseph Smith was a Moses-like figure, but instead of receiving Ten Commandments at Sinai, Smith received the “golden plates,” through which developed the cornerstone of the Mormon faith. Central beliefs of the Mormon faith include the notion that God is a physical being, who began as a human and became a god through “celestial living”; that Jesus was not immaculately conceived; and that the site of salvation would be North America, because that is where the true believers, or Saints, gathered. Above all, Mormons believe that following God’s laws–even if these laws are contrary to the laws of civil society–will elevate a person into eventual godhood
When, in 1843, Smith purportedly received the “Revelation on Celestial Marriage,” the LDS Church for the first time officially endorsed polygamy. Initially, only the truly faithful, which meant only the highest-ranking church officials, were allowed to practice polygamy. Polygamy was regarded as a serious responsibility, one that only those sufficiently committed and disciplined would be able to undertake; “ordinary” men did not possess the character to manage more than one wife. In the LDS faith, the ability to take more than one wife showed true commitment to the faith, and the polygamous lifestyle was accordingly regarded as congruous with sanctity
Does it strike ANYONE as odd that the MORMONS, of all groups, are hell bent on defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman.
But the hypocrisy doesn’t stop there. The opponents of gay marriage point to the fact that marriage between one man and one woman has been the standard “since the beginning of time”. OH REALLTY?????
Look at the history recorded in the Bible- the book most oft quoted as the reason for defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. The first instance of polygamy / bigamy in the Bible was Lamech in Genesis 4:19, “Lamech married two women…” Several prominent men in the Old Testament were polygamists. Abraham, Jacob, David, Solomon, and others all had multiple wives. In 2 Samuel 12:8, God, speaking through the prophet Nathan, that if David’s wives and concubines were not enough, He would have given David even more. Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (essentially wives of a lower status) according to 1 Kings 11:3.
Shouldn’t these pompous self righteous ignorant bible toting terrorists read their Bible? Even with the Bible’s interesting history on marriage – it shouldn’t matter when it comes to the state recognizing gay marriages. We are talking about civil marriage, not a religious marriage. Heterosexual couples throughout the nation get married outside the walls or a church, mosque or synagogue. We are talking about civil law, not religion. By mixing religious arguments with a civil issue is in fact a violation of the separation of church and state.
Of course the Bible shouldn’t matter here, but these bigots hide their hatred behind the Bible and the Bible certainly doesn’t show a history of marriage as an institution that is confined to one man and one woman. Should we be shocked by bigots using their religion to promote their hate? Sadly, No.