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Prop 8 Allows Mormons to Tell Other People Their Marriages Are F*&^#$ Up (for a Change)

Folks who insisted that marriage is between a man and a woman and a woman would not stand for a marriage between two men or two women.
After decades of being persecuted for their nontraditional marriages, Mormons were thrilled to organize their members to support Proposition 8, a California amendment which stripped gays and lesbians of their right to wed, a right which the California Supreme Court had granted. The Church of Latter Day Saints, renounced polygamy in 1890, but they continue to worship a text which exalts it and follow a religion which breads fundamentalism. The Mormons feared that, if not stopped, equal rights would creep into other states. Spokesman Mike Otterson said "If same-gender marriage is approved in California...other states will follow suit." The Church issued a letter, which was read in every congregation, urging members to donate their "means and time" to pass Prop 8. The Yes on 8 campaign estimates that up to 40 percent of its donations come from Mormons. And so, the people who had insisted that marriage is between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman ... would not stand for a marriage between two men or two women.


In the letter grounded their argument in their founding texts, saying "Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the formation of families is central to the Creator's plan for His children." I wonder why they didn't quote their Prophet Brigham Young, who said "Marriage is a civil contract. You might as well make a law to say how many children a man shall have, as to make a law to say how many wives he shall have. It would be as sensible to make a law to say how many horses or oxen he shall possess, or how many cows his wife shall milk." Perhaps Mormons will next campaign for an oxen-based amendment.


Anti Prop 8 activists are fighting to repeal the Church's tax exempt status, which is a good move because, for Mormons, there is a holy alliance between the IRS and God.
Katie Halper is a co-founder of Laughing Liberally, a political comedy group, with whom she performs regularly. Katie is also an Artistic Director and Comedy Curator at The Tank, a non-profit performing arts space for emerging artists.
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