I tried to take a day to celebrate Barack Obama’s victory but it was hard. It’s hard to be happy when the first constitutional amendment in US history is approved specifically to deny me, and roughly 300,000 other Californians, basic civil rights. It’s hard to be happy when I think of 18,000 married couples waking up on November 5th to wonder if their marriages are valid. It’s hard to be happy when a couple being married at a courthouse in Sacramento marriage was halted mid-ceremony. Imagine that happening to you.
I can’t help wondering what went wrong. Who’s to blame?
Me– I didn’t do enough, I didn’t give enough, I couldn’t overcome my distaste of cold-calling to make phone calls. I couldn’t face a conversation with a bigot, it scared me. I’m demotivated because I don’t want to get married so maybe my commitment wasn’t strong enough. I blame myself for not doing more.
Black & Latino Voters in LA County – You voted 2 to 1 for Prop 8. Shame on you! The church was used as an instrument to deny your civil rights for decades. All racial minorities should be very wary of the erosion of church/state separation. If you have religious concerns, read the language of the Supreme Court decision. Did you bother to do that before voting yes? It specifically protects the rights of churches, schools and parents who do not support gay marriage rights. SHAME ON YOU!
The Mormon Church – Shame on you too. You who fled across country to escape religious persecution. You, whose founding father had 33 (that’s right, thirty three!) wives – making your opinion of marriage somewhat suspect. Of all groups, LDS should be fearful of religious involvement in civil matters. The way I see it is, after the religious right “wins” the battle against homosexuals (a fight led by the Mormon Church), you could be next. Christian fundamentalists view the Mormon church as little more than a cult, and not at all Christian.
Many today are under the false impression that Mormonism is merely another Christian denomination, when in actuality, Mormon beliefs are not only unbiblical, but anti-Christian.
Belief in the real Jesus Christ is the only way a man can receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life. The LDS, church in presenting a false Christ is, in fact, leading souls away from salvation and the real Jesus. They reject God’s truth and substitute another Jesus who does not exist and cannot save. Only those who believe in the Biblical Jesus Christ will go to heaven when they die. Those who put their trust in a false Christ will be eternally lost. Every true Child of God knows this, and that is why we try so hard to point men away from false churches, prophets, gods and Christs, that they may find God’s true Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved.
You think it doesn’t matter what fundamentalist Christians think about Mormons? It will when they start voting on your rights.
Apathetic / Poorly Educated Voters– Do you think I wanted to read the text of every measure on the ballot? Did I want to go online and do research? Did I want to take the time to be an educated voter? Not so much. We just got a Wii and that would have been a lot more fun. But being an educated voter is my one job as a citizen and I do it. So many of you voted incorrectly (yes when you meant no) because you hadn’t taken the time to understand. Thousands more allowed the Mormon Church’s scare tactics to inform your vote. They deliberately lied and mislead the people of California and you fell for it.
Evangelical Christians – You even scare other Christians. Your position on gay marriage is consistent, so, aside from finding you freakish, cult-like and a threat to the constitution, your actions are understandable. The Mormon church had to help you pass this amendment or it would not have won. You’re no threat.
I, we, let religious fanatics determine our legal rights. It won’t happen again. This is not over.