Mormon Church Exercises Political Muscle to Pass CA Prop. 8 to Ban Same Sex Marriage


 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ( The Mormons) continues to use its religious muscle to push its religious agenda in the political arena by marshaling its faithful to push through Proposition 8 which would ban Same Sex Marriage in California. 

Churches like the the LDS Church are able to organize because of its centralized structure and also because of its theology based on a Prophet on God on Earth who speaks God’s will.  So if the Prophet says it is so, it is the same as if God is telling you the same thing.

Thomas Monson, Mormon Prophet

Thomas Monson, Mormon Prophet

For the faithful, any church pronouncements or direction is seen as a mission backed by the Almighty. In the political arena this kind of phenomenon can be scary and dangerous.  Everyone is entitled to their faith, but as a matter of civil rights and in matters of government citizenry equity, religion should stay out of it.

Thousands of same sex couples of been married in California this year. THe LDS Church along with other organizations is dead set to nullify the progress that has been made and throw us back into the dark ages where bullying religious theocracy controlled the masses.

For those who oppose Proposition 8, it is crucial that we become active and speak out against it and marshall our own friends and families join us in this just cause to ensure equal rights ifor all in marriage. Let us not have these religious bodies with  deep pockets and theological bigotry to dictate the agenda of our democratic society.   

 

Mormons recruit out-of-state for gay marriage ban

By JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press Writer

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

 

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(10-08) 18:26 PDT Salt Lake City, CA (AP) —

 

Mormons living outside California have been asked to volunteer for a telephone campaign to help pass a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in the state.

 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is part of a coalition of conservative groups backing Proposition 8, which would amend California’s constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

 

Church elder L. Whitney Clayton said members may be asked to call friends and family at home in California before the Nov. 4 election to encourage support for the measure. The out-of-state phone campaign would be on an “if-needed” basis.

 

Clayton, a liaison between the church and the coalition, also says many students attending church-owned universities have asked how they might help and could be enlisted to make calls. There are three branches of the church-owned Brigham Young University — in Utah, Hawaii and Idaho.

 

“In California, the phone trees are up and running. We just want to be able to help and one of the things we can do is we can organize,” Clayton said in an interview Wednesday.

 

Clayton said a handful of calls were made Tuesday night as part of a test, but it’s up to the coalition to decide whether to ask to use an interstate phone network.

 

“We’ll sit back and see if the coalition calls us,” he said. “I don’t know how they make that decision.”

 

There are about 770,000 Mormon church members in California.

 

Mormons have been active participants in the campaign both as volunteers and financial contributors, giving an estimated 43 percent — some $8.4 million — to the Proposition 8 campaign, according to the Web site mormonsfor8.com.

 

“Things have gone terrifically well,” Clayton said. “People have gone to work and they’ve (dropped word?) so with real heartfelt devotion to the cause and I’m thrilled by that.”

 

Officially, the Mormon church is politically neutral and does not endorse individual candidates or political parties. The church does, however, weigh in on issues it considers morally important. The church holds traditional marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God and has actively fought efforts to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States since the 1990s.

 

Its involvement in the California same-sex marriage debate this year began with a letter from church President Thomas S. Monson asking California Mormons to give their time and money to pass Proposition 8. Monson’s letter has been read repeatedly in Mormon churches, and opponents of the forthcoming initiative have credited LDS members with giving the Yes on 8 camp an edge in donations and volunteers.

 

The church planned its appeal on Wednesday night with a satellite broadcast to church buildings in California and on the three Brigham Young campuses. Mormon leaders were scheduled to speak directly to members, with a particular focus being placed on reaching young married couples, single church members and those already active in the campaign, Clayton said.

 

Church leaders were to share a four-part message that touches on the doctrine of marriage and family central to Latter-day Saints beliefs; their position on the effects of gay marriage on society; the campaign’s needs in the coming weeks; and suggestions for getting involved.

 

“We also think it will be helpful to them to just be fortified in this last month,” he said. “It’s a political campaign, and time is short and there’s a lot to do.”

 

Besides Clayton, the broadcast was to include M. Russell Ballard and Quentin L. Cook, who are both members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, the church’s second-highest governing body.

 

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4 thoughts on “Mormon Church Exercises Political Muscle to Pass CA Prop. 8 to Ban Same Sex Marriage

  1. I think there is some confusion in the general understanding of this issue around Prop 8.

    Prop 8 is for eliminating marriage for same sex couples. It is to remove the right for same sex couples to marry.

    Everyone voting needs to realize that same sex couples are allowed to get married now in California, based on throwing the previous “mixed genders only” prop out, as it was unconstitional.

    So the “no gays should get married crowd to each other” decided to sponsor Prop 8, to amend the constitution to define marriage as “mixed gender only”.

    So, to sum up:

    If you want gays to keep the exisiting right to get married, vote AGAINST Prop 8.

    If you support removing the right of gays to marry, then vote FOR Prop 8.

    So Randall, if you really meant to ask how does opposing Prop 8 throw us back to the dark ages, the answer is: it doesn’t! Prop 8 SHOULD be opposed to continue to allow gays to marry each other, as a civilized society does not sit in judgement of the validity of 2 persons love and support being good enough to award state benefits to.

    If you want the state to determine if two persons are good enough and should marry each other, and that is what we are talking about here, then vote for Prop 8.

    But it’s Prop 8 that’s takes us back to a time where religious and/or bigoted judgemental persons in power say what’s best for everyone.

  2. I think we need to remember that marriage has never been for just ANY couple. Society has always retained control over certain aspects of who would and would not be permitted the privilege of marriage. Currently in most states, marriage is not permitted between brother and sister or other close relatives. Additionally, marriage is not permitted between minors without parental consent. Marriage is not permitted if one or both parties are already married. Most states only recognize marriage between one man and one woman.

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