After the passage of Proposition 8 in California there was a lot of talk about why the Mormon Church was so involved in that political fight. Mormons insisted that it was not because they hate homosexuals but rather because they believe marriage is a religious rite that should be exclusively between a man and a woman (and a few other women…). I actually had a rather heated debate with another sociologist of Mormonism (much more well-known than I am) about this here. At the conclusion of that debate, I basically agreed to not call the Mormon Church bigoted because he insisted their work on Proposition 8 was not about hate but about protecting marriage. I said I would hold off in my calling them bigoted pending the outcome of the Common Ground Initiative. For those unaware of this initiative, the goal was to get civil unions and same-sex partner benefits legalized in Utah. As I told my colleague, if the Common Ground Initiative passed in the Utah Legislature, it would be fair to say that the Mormon Church really is not bigoted towards homosexuals but that they were just trying to “protect” marriage (regardless of how retarded that is). If it failed to pass, it would mean it is fair to call the Mormon Church bigoted. My colleague admitted that was a fair interpretation.
Now, before you say, “But ProfXM, the Mormon Church didn’t kill those initiatives in the Utah Legislature, individual representatives did,” I’m going to cut you off. If the Mormon Church wanted civil unions in Utah, there would be civil unions in Utah!!! If the Mormon Church wanted equal rights without marriage rights for homosexuals in Utah, there would be equal rights for homosexuals!! The Mormon Church may not run Utah state politics, but it has enough sway over them that it could easily get this done. Go ahead and deny it. I dare you!
Well, FYI, 3 of the 5 initiatives are now dead:
- The Fair Housing & Employment initiative that would have made it illegal in Utah for people to be fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes just because theyâ€™re gay or transgender was killed in committee.
- The Wrongful Deaths initiative that would have guaranteed inheritance and insurance benefits was defeated in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 4-2 vote.
- The Adult Joint Support Declaration that would have guaranteed rights of inheritance, insurance, and fair housing was also killed in committee.
Mormon Church, I gave you the benefit of the doubt for 4 months beyond the hateful passage of Proposition 8. No more. It’s official: The Mormon Church is a bigoted institution. Claims that they support equal rights without marriage are bull! Just as they were bigoted in not allowing blacks equality in their religion for decades and just as they continue to bar women from equality in the religion, the religion has officially taken a stand against civil rights for homosexuals. They are a hate church. The leadership hates gays and is actively working to deny them equal rights. If you pay tithing to that organization, you are guilty of supporting an organization that is opposed to equal rights. In my book, you are just as guilty as the leadership so long as you support them and they continue to oppose equal rights for homosexuals (it’s your money that is paying to disenfranchise people).
I have a lot of family and friends who are Mormons. I still will care for them, but I can’t really respect their decision to remain Mormon so long as their leaders continue their despicable efforts to disenfranchise 2% of Americans.
Oh, and just in case you missed it, everyone’s favorite Mormon state legislator, Chris Buttars, has gone on record calling gays “terrorists.” Yeah, defend Mormonism to me now…