Sunday in Outer Blogness: Back to Prop. 8 Edition!
It seems like it’s been days since we talked about Proposition 8 here at MSP. Yet there’s been some new discussions of it all over Outer Blogness this past week, and I’m here to gather them up for you!
First, Jonathan Blake posts this interesting video which discusses whether the LDS church itself did indeed donate media and materials to the “Yes on 8” campaign, and (illegally) fail to declare the costs of these donated goods and services. Scot received an invitation to an anti-gay-marriage organizational meeting. Andee reminds us about this interesting letter John Remy received. (Note that in this game of blogging telephone, Andee reports the letter as being received by “a woman in California” — John will no doubt be pleased to have been upgraded to woman status, as it will help with his current stint at fMh.)
Equality California reports that “Today, hundreds of religious organizations, civil rights groups, and labor unions, along with numerous California municipal governments, bar associations, and leading legal scholars collectively urged the California Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8.”
“Proposition 8 poses a grave threat to religious freedom,” said Rev. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director of the California Council of Churches. “If the Court permits same-sex couples to be deprived of equal protection by a simple majority vote, religious minorities could be denied equal protection as wellâ€”a terrible injustice in a nation founded by people who emigrated to escape religious persecution. If the Court permits Proposition 8 to take effect, religious discrimination similarly could be written into California’s Constitution.”
Absolutely, a very serious point that all religious minorities (such as atheists, Mormons, Jews, etc.) should be concerned about. And it seems some Mormons are worried about facing discrimination — to the point of speculating about being made to wear Star-of-David/beehive symbols on their “yes on 8” donor jackets, but not to the point of agreeing that it’s a dangerous precedent to write religious discrimination into California’s Constitution on the basis of a simple majority vote.