Sunday in Outer Blogness: The Gay That Won’t Go Away Edition!
When you single out one minority and legislate that they can’t have the same rights as everyone else, you’d think they’d just meekly say “OK” and go home and that would be the end of the story. Or, y’know, some organized religions might think that, but the folks of Outer Blogness disagree:
To explain the situation, Chino posts an interesting Utah Now panel program on the fallout of proposition 8 (see also Steve M.’s feud with the Daily Universe). As a solution, General J. C. Christian recommends that Presidents Beck and Monson use Main Street Plaza for the running of the gays. Regarding the official LDS statement on the incident on Main Street Plaza, Holly Noelle doesn’t buy it, and MoHoHawaii advises taking it with a big grain of salt.
That’s politics though. When it comes to personal relationships affected by this feud, Tom says “Sometimes walking away is the kindest gift of all.”
Unrelated but also noteworthy: Chris Tolworthy provides a clever new ending for a rather ridiculous inspirational story, Djinn provides a short, straight-forward explanation of the money black hole in America’s existing health care system, Latter-day Sustainablility talks about the high cost of cheap goods, and the feminist Mormon housewives react to Jimmy Carter’s resignation from the Southern Baptists.
I was really struck how cautious, almost tender, Chris Bigelow operated on the KUED forum. It seems to me that he is less convinced of his position than when he wrote the essay Why Mormons Can’t Brook Gay Marriage originally.
Bigelow mentioned that gay Mormons have approached him to relate to him what it is like to live as a gay Mormon. Apparently, that has made a difference.
It is probably true for many of us that we used to be much more prejudiced about gays than we are today. Certainly, that includes me.
It’s important not to identify Mormons with their actions. People can change. Many of us have already.
Hellmut — I noticed that too. I think a big part of it was publishing Jonathan Langford’s novel (as publisher of Zarahemla Books).