Then comes the fact that any church does not have the right to rally their forces and turn themselves into a political party since that inherently crosses the line between the separation of church and state. Churches don’t make laws, the state and the federal government do and they are meant to be separate for a very good reason (as laid out by the Founders). Now anyone with an eye on the realm of politics knows this line has been badly blurred and in some cases is patently impossible to enforce, but in this instance the Mormon Church crossed over farther than most would even dare.
They funneled millions upon millions directly from parishioners in Utah down into California because they felt if they could stop same-sex marriage from staying legal there, it would fall across the country. They shipped volunteers in droves into the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco to tell everyone there how they should be living their lives and what restrictions they should levy on their neighbors.
The proponents of same-sex marriage were caught woefully unprepared for the financial and social onslaught led by the Mormon Church and because of that they lost the fight against Prop 8 by a 4% margin.
This movie documents all the steps the Mormon Church took to pull together the campaign cash as well as the intricate and elaborate web they needed to weave in order to not be directly connected to the effort. In the end, they did win the Prop 8 battle, yet it will likely be heard in front of the Supreme Court this session and could in fact be overturned, not only opening the door back up in California, but setting the stage for a federal statute recognizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states. What the Mormon Church lost in terms of respect from the public (and even members of their own congregations) I believe will far outweigh any perceived damage gay marriage will bring when the day finally comes for equality across the nation.