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Meet a Mormon who opposed Proposition 8

Sunday, July 11, 2010

As we await Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, I’ve decided to republish some op-ed pieces from 2009, when the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8.

Blame the Mormons for the passage of Prop 8?  Consider this perspective from a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, living in Utah, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Salt Lake City, Utah

I’m a Mormon, and I think It is ridiculous to think that allowing a broader realm of people to marry would somehow weaken families or marriage.  I think just the opposite would be true.  I have a tough time understanding the arguments against allowing people who are gay to marry.

It sickens me that the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS spent thousands of dollars on a political campaign that is based on hate and discrimination.  Typically, the Mormon Church spends money to help people, not to hurt them.  My understanding of the beliefs of the foundations of this church do not support this action.  The bottom line of the Mormon church from my perspective as a person born and raised in the LDS is that we are to love our fellow man and not judge anyone.  The fight about marriage rights for people who identify as LGBT seems in direct opposition to loving and not judging others.

I do not understand the fear that I assume must be behind this fight.  There isn’t another explanation besides possibly hate, and I refuse to believe that hate is at the base of the fight the Mormon church and people who are LDS are putting up around the Prop 8 issue.  Most LDS people I know (and living in Utah, that is a lot of people) are loving, kind, good hearted people, but many are also very sheltered and naïve.  Fearing people that are different is something that is fed to us by our culture and media.

There may be hate involved for some small percentage of LDS people and other groups who are opposing Prop 8, and those people are then selfishly creating and spreading propaganda that preys on people’s fears. But I think for the most part, there is a lot of fear.  Of all of the things to be spending money on, this seems absurd.  Basic social services for vulnerable children and adults are being cut in states across our country, education is being cut, and yet hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on this argument!

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