Mormon Dollars Account for 77% of Yes On Prop 8 Campaign


 

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Inlookout.com had the following post on the Mormon Church’s financing of the Yes on Proposition 8 Campaign to Ban Gay Marriage.  

Mormons donations account for 77% of all money raised for Yes on Prop 8

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Yesterday I posted a story about a family in San Jose who donated $30,000 — correction, over $60,000 total — to support Yes on Proposition 8. I hesitate to make this a daily Mormon rant, but here goes.

Fred Kager, who runs the Californians Against Hate website which provides a detailed (and publicly available) list of contributers who support Proposition 8, revealed today that Mormons have donated a staggering 18.6 million to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. That’s 77% of all total documented donations. Mormons also account for 88% of all individual money raised.

Mormons, instructed by their leaders in Salt Lake City Utah, are leading the charge to take away the rights of same-sex couples, both here in California and Arizona.

How do we fight this? How do we shed light on this, without looking religiously intolerant? At this point, do I really f*@cking care?

It also astounds me that the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 only has only amassed 30,000 donors out of an estimated 1 million LGBT Californians. And many of them are our straight allies.

Is marriage just not that important to our community? Don’t they realize that if we let them strip away this one right, it gives them license to strip away all the rights we’ve worked so hard for and now enjoy? (at least here in California)

I’m angry with the Mormon church for muscling their way into California politics in an attempt to steal away our rights and invalidate my marriage to my partner of 8 years. And I am angry with the members of my community, who won’t stand up to them.

Everyone needs to donate time, or donate money today. Put down the cosmopolitan. Skip the gym at least for a day. Reschedule that facial (lord knows I’ve done all of these things). And please make a difference.

Getting married may not matter to you now my LGBT friends, but trust me, it will.

Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

9 thoughts on “Mormon Dollars Account for 77% of Yes On Prop 8 Campaign

  1. Hi Jon-Paul,

    Thanks so much for posting my blog entry! It’s so important we get the word out and we don’t have much time left.

    I recently married my partner of 8 years just last month and have never felt so much passion on a singular issue. Thanks for helping spread the word.

    Also I’d be a happy to add you to my blog roll if you are interested.

    And I see you are a BSG fan.. all good 🙂

    Take care,
    Elvis

  2. Please explain to me how it is a civil right to be homosexual and get married. I dont understand i am not educated on this issue. Please explain this to me. I can not donate unelss i am educated

  3. Well, if you believe that civil marriage, i.e., the contractual arrangement recognized by the state between two persons tying them together financially, is a civil right, then the genders of the persons involved have no relation to the contract.

    If you are really trying to be sly (and failing miserably, if so) to question why being gay is a civil right…it’s not. It’s a human right. Big difference. Human rights are not granted by the state, but by the very nature of person-hood. “We are endowed by our creator…” Does that ring a bell?

    I have written a few comments to other blogs in response to various topics re: gay marriage. Usually someone questions the cultural or moral foundation of gays being married, perhaps even the legal. You didn’t ask about that, you asked why being gay and being allowed to marry (presumably you meant to someone of the same gender, that is, a gay marriage) is a civil right.

    Civil Marriage is a right granted and protected by the state, since its a legal union between persons. We are NOT discussing religious organizations recognition of gays getting married, sort of like the State does not make the Catholic church recognize marriages they don’t see as valid.

    Since the populace, and the government, has recognized that discrimination based on gender is bad, then marriage rights cannot be based on gender.

    I hope this oversimplification helps some in explaining what some mean when they say marriage is a civil right and ending discrimination against gays for that right is needed.

    If not, then ask yourself if you want the government being the arbiter of who is “worthy” of getting married. Should this person and that person be allowed to get married to each other: do they love each other enough, are they physically compatible, do they enjoy the same hobbies or have compatible sleeping arrangements in bed? I would think you would not want the government to be that involved, and if you would let the government restrict gay marriage, then you would be asking for that approval.

  4. Many Californians Ski Utah, where tourism is big business.
    Consider canceling reservations there, tell them you’re not coming back, and tell them why. Someone may get the hint.

  5. This is a really great post. Thanks so much. I’ve reposted parts of the Californians Against Hate on my blog. I suggested we boycott the donor companies (and ski resorts in Utah).

    The good news is that every link I click on takes me to another surprising segement of society supporting the rights of the LGBT community. Check out this web site:

    http://signingforsomething.org

    The founder, Andrew Callahan, a 20+ year member of the LDS church is being threatened with excommunication over his questioning of the church’s involvement with the Yes on 8 campaign. His site includes a petition of protest for other LDS members to sign, as well as links to dozens of great No on 8 resource sites.

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