The voting is over and Prop 8 banning gay marriage in California passed.  Normally after the votes are in and there is a clear winner the voters go on there way and wait for the next election and the next set of initiatives.  But thanks to gay activists who are infuriated that the system failed them the issue of gay marriage is alive and well in California.

Actually I didn’t think the issue would totaly fade away but I have been taken aback by the beahvior of activists who have taken to the streets to protest the vote.

It has been well doscumented that the Mormon church which has a large membership in California energized its members to actively support Prop 8.  This wasn’t a political issue for them as much as it was a moral issue.  As with most Christian churches the Mormons believe that marriage is between a woman and a man and Prop 8 would have forced Mormons and others to obey a law that ran counter to their theology.  More importantly it would have also required Mormon Bishops to perform gay marriages if asked or face legal penalties if they refused and that was something they were not willing to do.

While the Mormons certainly played a large part in the passage of Prop 8, the Catholic church with an even larger membership than the Mormons used the resources at its disposal to help assure passge of the initiative.

Yet where is the anger directed?  At the Mormons of course.  I am not sure why they have been singled out except that they are an easy target.  Mormons are known to be extremely faithful to their doctrine and favor traditional families.  They also have built many large Temples that tend to stand out from the surrounding area making the edifices a prime target for protestors.

What the protestors fail to recognize that by singling out one faith and focusing their ire on the Mormons they are practicing the very bigotry they accuse the church of practicing against them.

The Catholic church which has sharp disagreements wth Mormon theology has rushed to the Mormon’s defense with this statement from William Weigand the former Bishop of Salt Lake City;

“Catholics stand in solidarity with our Mormon brothers and sisters in support of traditional marriage–the union of one man and one woman–that has been the major building block of Western Civilization for millennia.

“The ProtectMarriage coalition, which led the successful campaign to pass Proposition 8, was an historic alliance of people from every faith and ethnicity. LDS were included–but so were Catholics and Jews, Evangelicals and Orthodox, African-Americans and Latinos, Asians and Anglos.
“Bigoted attacks on Mormons for the part they played in our coalition are shameful and ignore the reality that Mormon voters were only a small part of the groundswell that supported Proposition 8.
“As the former bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, I can attest to the fact that followers of the Mormon faith are a good and generous people with a long history of commitment to family and giving to community causes.
“I personally decry the bigotry recently exhibited towards the members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints–coming from the opponents of Proposition 8, who ironically, have called those of us supporting traditional marriage intolerant.
“I call upon the supporters of same-sex marriage to live by their own words–and to refrain from discrimination against religion and to exercise tolerance for those who differ from them. I call upon them to accept the will of the people of California in the passage of Proposition 8.”
SOURCE: Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento
Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento 
Kevin Eckery, 916-443-2528 
keckery@eckery.com

While the Mormons and the Catholics were a major force in the passage of Prop 8, they weren't the deciding factor.

Based on exit polls blacks favored the ban by a 70-30 margin, so where are the protests at black churches?

Apparently that won't happen since they are a solid Democratic voting bloc, but according to Michele McGinty of 
Beliefnet.com they are angry at blacks.

A couple of excerpts from McGinty's blog.

It was like being at a klan rally except the klansmen were wearing
Abercrombie polos and Birkenstocks. YOU N*, one man shouted at men. If
your people want to call me a F*, I will call you a n*. Someone else
said same thing to me on the next block near the temple...me and my
friend were walking, he is also gay but Korean, and a young WeHo clone
said after last night the n* better not come to West Hollywood if they
knew what was BEST for them.

[…]

Three older men accosted my friend and shouted, “Black people did this, I hope you people are happy!” A young lesbian couple with mohawks and Obama buttons joined the shouting and said there were “very disappointed with black people” and “how could we” after the Obama victory. This was stupid for them to single us out because we were carrying those blue NO ON PROP 8 signs! I pointed that out and the one of the older men said it didn’t matter because “most black people hated gays” and he was “wrong” to think we had compassion. That was the most insulting thing I had ever heard. I guess he never thought we were gay.

[…]

“I have received several phone calls from Blacks, both gay and straight, who were caught up in Westwood around the time of that march. From being called ‘niggers’ to being accosted in their cars and told that it was because of ‘you people gays don’t have equal rights and you better watch your back,’ these gays have lost their d* minds.”

Gay activists would do well to channel their energy into positive efforts that would advance their cause instead of protests and name calling which only remind voters why they voted the way they did.


		
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