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Churches already have first amendment protections for freedom of religion. Freedom for gays to marry would not trump that right. Churches today can pick and choose who to marry...just like the Catholic church can refuse to marry divorced people if they choose. Churches can even refuse to perform inter-racial marriages if that is outside of their belief systems.
I grew up in the 70′s being taught that the Mormon church was a cult. After moving to California and meeting so many wonderful people who were of the Mormon faith, I gave up that belief until Prop 8 passed. Now, when I meet someone of the Mormon faith, I instantly dislike and distrust them. It’s something I’m working on overcoming and I know it’s a knee-jerk reaction…but having to sit in front of a news report to see if my marriage had been annulled as a result of that initiative has taken a toll. The Mormon church made millions of enemies that day who wouldn’t shed a tear if the entire organization collapsed. In fact, some of us pray that it would. I’m not proud of those sentiments, but I also didn’t start the war.
The one thing that every pro-Mormon commentator on this piece neglected to say was that not one Mormon lost a constitutional right as a result of Prop 8. Gays and lesbians did…it had already been granted and existed in California. Prop 8 took it away. I don’t live in a Mormon church…I live in the USA. I pay my taxes and I try to help my fellow human beings in any way I can. Prop 8 taught me that it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I’m a gay man…the bigots will try to force their morality on me when all I want is to live a quiet life married to the man of my dreams.
I have no shame to call what the Mormons did bigotry, but I don’t hate them in return. I hate that they put me in a position against my fellow human beings. Life-long friendships were lost over this proposition. I truly believe the masterminds behind this hateful and divisive piece of legislation will burn in hell for the pain and suffering they have caused millions of people.
June 22, 2010 at 5:42 p.m.
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