I try not to pay too much attention to American politics, primarily because I’m not an American, but also it’s just depressing. When you start getting into the fine print, it begins to look like a bad episode of The Simpsons.
The current trending topic of ridiculousness is, of course, the California Marriage Protection Act, or Proposition 8. This was a constitutional amendment which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Prop 8 was passed during the November 2008 state elections with 52% of the vote.
Think about that. The California Supreme Court actually allowed discrimination to be written into the state Constitution. Faith in humanity – waning…
Now, you’d probably have guessed that religious groups footed the bill for advertising Prop 8 leading up to the vote. About $40 million was spent on advertising, and at least 40 percent of the campaign chest came from Mormons. This is another example of minorities shoving their opinions down the throats of the apathetic masses. Mormons make up only 2 percent of California’s population.
The irony is, of course, Mormons are known for the practice of polygamy.
On August 4, 2010, Proposition 8 was overturned U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker. This ruling will no doubt be dragged through the Court of Appeals, but it seems sanity may eventually prevail. Faith in humanity – returning…
But here’s the thing. Marriage is no longer a religious institution. A civil celebrant has the legal authority to marry two people in a completely non-religious ceremony. Are Christians arguing that this kind of marriage is different from one performed in a church? Of course not… So what makes them think they can (and should) prevent same-sex marriages? Below the superficial surface of love and acceptance, the church is still all about discrimination.
You don’t think so? Ok, try replacing the word “gay” with “black”… Can you imagine a law preventing mixed-race marriages? “No way man, ‘cos that is discrimination.” It’s the exact same thing. And no matter how the Mormons try and portray themselves these days, if your skin was black, you weren’t allowed to be a member of the Mormon church as recently as the 1970s.
The bottom line in this debate is racist polygamists, supported by mainstream Christians (who don’t even recognize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Christian because it rejects the doctrine of the Trinity), are trying to create laws for the greater population. Any thinking adult should be absolutely horrified by this.