Hubbub over Prop. 8 is silly
November 17, 2008 | Democracy has spoken and the people
of California said no to granting full-fledged marriage
rights to homosexual couples.
This was after the California Supreme Court reversed
the passing of a similar proposition last May. Months
of bloody campaigning have gone by and the voice of
the people of California has decided in a narrow 52-48
percent vote, to reverse the reversal. End of story,
Sadly, the election is over but the drama continues.
Those against Proposition 8 apparently decided they
needed a scapegoat and the religion appears to be it.
Protests have been organized and demonstrators have
gathered at LDS temples. A copy of the Book of Mormon
was left burning at the entrance of a Denver church
Wednesday and envelopes containing what was believed
to be hazardous white powder were mailed to two LDS
temples, as well as a Catholic fraternity, on Thursday.
The powder was found to be harmless but that is completely
beside the point. The point is that a bill in one state
has caused anger and hate, manifesting itself in attacks
against churches. Is it even necessary to point out
how wrong that is?
Protesters and others against the bill have said that
churches, by forming a religious coalition including
evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics and Mormons,
have been hateful and, by their political involvement
in encouraging the vote for Proposition 8, have crossed
that oh-so-sacred line between church and state.
On the contrary, isn't it totally destroying that
line to have a government tell churches what they can
or cannot believe? When did government officials become
all-knowing and all-powerful? Wasn't that the reason
the pilgrims came to America in the first place, to
escape a land in which the ruling body told citizens
what to believe and what to worship?
And all of this over marriage! Marriage, an institution
into which people are more and more reluctant to enter!
Marriage rates have been steadily declining during the
last two decades. In 1990, the marriage rate in California
was 7.9 percent, declining to just 4.8 percent in 2004,
according to numbers from the National Center for Health
Statistics. Even Utah, the state we all joke about as
being marriage happy, has seen a decline from 11.7 percent
in 1990 to 10 percent in 2004.
Straight people don't want to get married, so why
on earth is it suddenly so important to homosexual couples?
It's not like every straight person is married and homosexual
couples are looking in and shivering in the cold. Popular
society tells us not to get married, that a union recognized
by a church isn't necessary. Coupled with the fact that
church attendance has plummeted in recent years, one
wonders if there is any connection between voters and
any of these churches. Could it be that a bunch of single
heathens, not married religious zealots, turned the
tide of the vote?
No matter what the cause was for the way the vote
went, there is no excuse for bigotry. This was a sensitive
issue and hurt feelings on one side or the other was
inevitable. However, perhaps it should be dealt with
in a respectful manner for the opinion of the narrow
majority. People have opinions and the great thing about
this country is that we have the opportunity to express
them in a way that can actually make a difference. We
each have the right to our own opinion and, by virtue
of that, others have the same right. Let's act like