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Not to Get All Queerbones About it or Whatever…

Regardless of what you think of California’s passing of Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment banning all state-sanctioned civil marriage agreements between two people whose only crime was that they happened to be of the same gender (for our take on this argument, see this post), what has become crystal clear in the last few days, was that the Mormon church acted inappropriately as a religious organization by spending millions of dollars lobbying to get this bill passed.

In fact, $4 out of $5 of every dollar spent on pro-Prop8 advertising was funded by the Church of Latter-Day Saints. This makes the passing of Proposition 8 great news for Mormons and Cub Scouts (an organization in which I proudly served, earning merit badges for both “making fires” and “baking delicious cookies”), but potentially bad news for the organization as a whole. Talk to me, IRS:

Section 501(c)(3) describes corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literacy, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in section (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.

Regardless of what you think of all those mo’mos getting to wear tuxedos, hold hands and enjoy tax breaks, it is clear that some lines were crossed in the gross flexing of power executed by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, who used their war chest of tax-free dollars to pass a resolution that many Californians disagree with (because, as we all know, half of everyone living on the West Coast are as gay as the day is, long). I urge our readers, then, to visit the “Mormons Stole Our Rights” website, to learn more and sign a petition to revoke the Mormons’ tax-exempt status.

Gawd, politics are on the air, huh? We’ll get back to the pickled apricot reviews soon, I promise.

There Are 5 Responses So Far. »

  1. On the other hand…people voted and the proposition passed by a majority. And not for the first time. In a previous referendum, the majority expressed the same opinion. You may just have to accept the fact that the majority of Californians do not agree with you. And BTW, the incidence of gay people is somewhere between 1 and 2%, according to best estimates.

  2. Thanks Tommi. I tried to eliminate the question of whether gay marriage was “right” or “wrong” for the purposes of this post. Regardless of anyone’s feelings on the actual issue, the actions of the Mormon Church with regard to this bill need to be looked at carefully.

  3. Thanks Malcolm, I completely agree. I can’t fathom how the religious right goes on and on about the Constitution and still they ignore the part about separation of church and state. The Mormons practically ordered their members to vote yes on 8, to ignore the ‘revelations’ of the prophet could result in excommunication. The money they spent was incredible, why do they care what non-mormons do? Anyway, all of these religions that are so active in politics should be paying taxes. Political organizations that hide behind religion get undeserved tax breaks, let’s stop giving them a free ride.

    Oh, and Tommi, outside of church funded studies, most estimates of the percentage of gays is closer to 10%.

  4. As a gay Californian, this topic hits very close to home with me so I had to put my 2 cents into the discussion. The only reason Prop 8 passed was because the Yes on 8 people used scare tactics and lies to convince gullible voters that homosexuality would be taught in schools, churches would lose their tax expemt status if they did not perform same sex marriages, and people would lose their right to free speech by speaking against the “gay agenda”. It was disheartning to live through such a great political moment as Obama’s win and then to realize the California gay community was also relegated to second class citizenry at the same time. But I have to say I very PROUD of my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters in comming together to fight this hatefull proposition. The gay community has emerged much stronger and more focused because of this loss. We will eventually get all the rights that other citizens receive, it will just take a little longer than we hoped. We lost the battle but we will win the war. YES WE WILL!!!

  5. I won’t take much space in my response. As a young boy I had a couple of unpleasant encounters with adult homosexuals. As a businessman for the past 35 years, I had the pleasure of meeting several in my work and we had a good business relationship. So, in my life these things balanced out. I don’t care if you prefer the same sex as a partner, respect my preference and we won’t have a problem. The issue which caught my eye was “the church flexed it’s muscle”. That’s what any organization does which wants to control the thoughts and actions of a large group of sheep. Remember that government is also a large organization, when you chose such platitudes as “great political moment as Obama’s win.” All politicos are selling what they want you to beleive, including him!Once they have your vote, only their agenda is of any import.

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