December 9, 2008 by billie789
I’m sure by now that unless you’re living in a cave or Nevada, you know that there is a Culture War being waged on Gay Marriage.
There is layer upon layer to this social conflict and I can only speak as a hetero-man who lives in Mormon HQ. Let social scientists pull this apart for the history books.
For the unitiated, Mormons have one of the most heart-wrenching histories of persecution, discrimination and exclusion in white, American history. Locals were killing Mormons for their beliefs in the Midwest before they fled to Utah, where they thinned the indigenous crowd down to a few handfuls of Ute, Piute, Shoshone and other fragement tribes as they “settled” the land…by killing and pushing the residents already here out of their way.
And on top of that, Mormons have an amazingly embarassing history of bizarre plural marriage rites and spiritually-fueled oddness. The FLDS herd in Texas is a direct distillation of Mormonism.
You would think, wouldn’t you, that Mormons would be the most forgiving and accepting Christians in the world when it comes to marriage and social persecution. You’d think…
I live in Utah, home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons. This particular church “suggested” to its members that they contribute all they could to passing California’s Prop 8 last month, which not only bans gay marriage, it undoes current gay marriages in the state. One news story attributed contributions of $50,000 in life savings donated by some faithful members. This church ended up donating, through its members, over $20 million dollars.
Did Mormons contribute all the money? No, just 70% of the total take.
James Dobson’s Focus on the Family outfit in Colorado invested $600,000 it apparently couldn’t afford and he’s now laying off employees to stay afloat because of it. You would have thought that Baby Jesus would have given them a bag of gold dubloons or some new sandals or a pillar of salt for their efforts. They claim they are representing God’s will. And we all know that God has a sick sense of humor sometimes.
So, imagine marrying your sweetheart and life-space partner in a nice, civilized ceremony, rings, family and all.
Then, a while later, after you and your wife or husband buy a house, adopt kids, meld lives and careers and California places Prop 8 on an election-year ballot. It passes by a squeeker margin and, in the dead of election night, you ain’t married no more! Gone, bye-bye, you are suddenly not married any longer. Bond dissolved. State enforced dissolution of the one, huge thing that you two had together.
That’s what just happened. I can’t describe Dobson’s work because I don’t follow him and I don’t care about him. To me, he’s just another puffed up, religious charlatan pushing his views on the closed population that lets him. A true Christian, I guess.
Here are the arguments that the Mormons and Dobson used to back Prop 8 in California:
1-It’s an unholy alliance described as taboo in The Bible. Unlike murder, incest, rape, robbery and deception in The Bible, this little deal between two guys or two gals is an abomination!
2-(I love this one!) Because gay unions produce no biological offspring, Social Security will someday suffer from not enough payees into the system. The latest numbers on gay population is about 10% of the U.S. population. I suspect that we will all evolve back into dinosaurs before my social security check is threatened by gay marriage.
3-The LDS Church has a large and vibrant adoption initiative. They have agencies all over the landscape and they adopt to Mormon-only families. Get this: Their claim is that gay marriage would really screw with the adoption work Mormons do by rearranging adoption protcol to the point of damaging their adoptions framework. I don’t fully understand this one and I don’t want to. It’s a strawman argument, apologies to strawmen everywhere.
4-The “ick” factor. This, in my opinion, is the real reason. For a bunch of Conservative Christians (conservatives: don’t want the government interfering in private lives of the citizens and Christians: love thy neighbor), these groups are horrified that a man would make love to another man or that a woman would make love to another woman and it doesn’t involve an internet connection, a box of tissues and a wife running errands.
The shout from gay quarters everywhere, including most noticeably Dan Savage, outspoken gay activist and the editor of Seattle’s weekly alternative paper, The Stranger, has called for a total economic boycott of Utah’s tourism industry. The problem is that Utah, ironically, has a fairly large gay community and many, many of them are working in Utah tourism industry that includes resorts, restaurants, hotels, etc. When asked a few years back about Utah, Savage said, “Fuck Utah! They have better gay bars than we do!”
California’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 sometime this spring.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to have it overturned and all that donated money went up in smoke, that way gay marriages already in place went up in smoke on November 5th?