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Friday, November 07, 2008

One more reason why religions sometimes suck: Mormon hate towards a right guaranteed by the California Constitution

As far as I can piece together from Maryland, here's how the Proposition 8 scandal went down in California:

1. The California Supreme Court recognized that the CA Constitution gave same sex couples the right to marry

2. Mormons or the LDS Church did not like it, and thus they poured MILLIONS of dollars into convincing Californians that a right guaranteed by the state constitution should be taken away (I guess Mormons believe that their quite possibly non-existent God would be angry at them for not doing something about gay marriage in CA?)

3. Proposition 8 narrowly passes in CA - putting the legality of thousands of existing gay marriages in question for the moment, & depriving Californians of a right that had been previously available to them

4. So, basically, religion/fantasy (all religions seem mostly like myths designed to help believers deal with human existence/living on earth) interfered in a secular & personal matter in CA, taking away a right for millions of Californians - a right that was previously granted by the (secular) CA Constitution & Supreme Court

Even though this issue - gay marriage in CA - does not concern me directly (straight, live in MD/DC area & NYC), religiously motivated action depriving people of rights granted by secular law & institutions is a serious problem in a country designed to protect people from religious zealotry.

Hopefully Proposition 8 results will be fought, and hopefully people around the country & the world - of all sexual orientations and both non-religious & religious leanings will support (DONATE MONEY & assist in other ways) the effort so that the passing of Prop 8 - a hate & fear filled act - can be undone.

For more, go here (Advocate article), and here (Human Rights Campaign), and here (Humanist org blog), and here (Facebook).

And for people who are too lazy to click, here's a little about the Prop 8 struggle from Wikipedia:

"Proposition 8 is a California State ballot proposition that would amend the state Constitution, to limit marriage to unions between a man and a woman, overturning a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 was "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry". On the day after the election, the results remained uncertified. With 100% of precincts reporting, the vote was 52.5% in favor of Proposition 8 and 47.5% against, with a difference of about 504,000 votes;[1] as many as 3 million absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted.[2] The organizers of the "No on Prop 8" campaign conceded defeat on November 6, issuing a statement saying, "Tuesday’s vote was deeply disappointing to all who believe in equal treatment under the law".[3]"

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