Back in 2008, during the wave of hope ushered in with the election of the country’s first black President, another huge decision was made that night which was equally historic. The now infamous Proposition 8 was passed in California that by the power of popular vote removed the rights of gay couples to get married in the state. Four years ago the opposition to same-sex marriage was much stronger than it is today, but still no one saw the so-called liberal bastion state of California as a place where this could happen, which is partially why it did. Yet the major reason was not positive apathy on the part of the voters, but an unprecedented financial and social push by the Mormon Church to push their religious beliefs on the rest of the country.
8: The Mormon Proposition follows the lead up to and the immediate aftermath of the passage of Prop 8. As with most political campaigns, one of the most important facets in making your decision on where you stand is to follow the money trail back to the supporters. The financial green mile for Prop 8 led back to the very doorstep of the Mormon religion, the vaulted and ornate doors of the flagship cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The problems with this situation are many, but let’s hit just the biggest ones. First off, one of our most valued and necessary protections is the Freedom of Religion. While many who currently wave this banner above their heads screaming that it is being destroyed, their real problem is the realization that it also protects people from religion. That same set of words that protects them from being discriminated against also protects everyone else from being forced to believe in the same religion as they do, or any religion at all. An overwhelming amount of the arguments against same-sex marriage inevitably end up with the defense, “It isn’t what God intended”, which quickly falls apart if someone believes in a different God (or none at all).