Are Prop. 8 protesters arguing
over a technicality?
November 17, 2008 | Because of the vocal support for
California's Proposition 8 by the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, the Roman Catholic Church, Knights
of Columbus, and other organizations, there have been
protests all over the country mainly targeting the LDS
By protesting against the church and others, there
seems to be a discrepancy in the desire for rights to
be honored. No matter what affiliation they hold, people
have the right to speak their mind and give their opinion,
and that is a two way street. If the gay and lesbian
community wish to have their sentiments made known,
there has to be as much opportunity for the opposing
side to be heard as well.
Protesting in front of LDS temples and church headquarters
in Salt Lake City isn't going to do anything but hurt
their cause. The decision has been made and if anyone
needs to hear these arguments it is the California Supreme
Court. They actually have the official decision making
ability to overturn the proposition.
This seems to be arguing over a technicality. Domestic-partner
registration is still upheld in the state of California
which allows much of the same rights to these partnerships
as marriage. The point has come where a decision must
be made about whether you're truly concerned about the
title of being married, or if it is the rights you are
really concerned about.
The proposition isn't against gays or lesbians, it's
about preserving what society holds to be a traditional
definition of marriage. There aren't propositions to
oppose same sex housing or to not purchase from companies
or businesses that are run by openly homosexual individuals.
There's a difference between accepting a situation,
and endorsing it. All it looks like when the protests
go on around the LDS temples, is that the people are
mad that society doesn't accept all facets of the gay
and lesbian community and they want someone to throw
stones at. That there is not an eloquent argument you
have, except to demonstrate that you are upset about
Whether or not you believe in the issue, or which
side you take, approaching a group or person with your
opinion by boycotting them, rejecting them as a whole,
or even reacting violently to them, is not credible
or helps the cause you're fighting for.