Monthly Archives: April 2010

8: The Mormon Proposition – What it is, What it isn’t

The bumper sticker said it well: “Focus on Your Own Damn Family.”

8: The Mormon Proposition, reflects the efforts of those that created it and us that are in it, to hold OUR former church accountable for the pain they knowingly inflicted on OUR families and the LGBT community.

– The documentary IS NOT about disagreeing with the church’s moral standards or their right to spend their money on issues they feel are important.

– It IS about hypocrisy; how the leaders of a church (that says it is all about “being honest in our dealings with our fellow men”), knowingly created and funded dishonest ads to promote their own moral agenda; and (by their own admissions) hid their involvement.  The Church stated in their own documents, that if the voters knew the extent of the church’s involvement, it would negatively impact the vote.

– This documentary does not claim that the LDS Church did this alone, even though at its strong urging, its members (only 2% of the voters) donated over 70% of the money contributed and over 90% of the volunteer efforts.

We know that when most members of the LDS Church see this film they will be shocked at what their leaders did, and a few scary fanatics will sternly defend their leaders rights to use lies,  deception, or ??? in the name of God.  “It’s better that one man should parish (be killed) than a whole nation dwindle in unbelief.” Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 4

We would hope the displeased members of other groups, be they Catholic, Protestant, African American, Latino, Baptist…, would hold their leaders accountable as well.

Anyone feeling to criticize it should see it first, as they will find as Variety’s review states: “8” actually spends more time trying to humanize homosexuals than to demonize those who hate them.

It opens in selected cities June 18th, and on VOD.  Available on DVD July 6th.

Watch the NEW trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/8themormonproposition/

Equal Opportunities for Joy and Happiness by Steve Stay

Is it wrong for a Dad to want all of his children to have equal opportunities for joy and happiness?  An equally insane question is: Should consenting adults be denied the right to marry on the basis of their sexual orientation?  My reasoning goes much deeper than that of a Dad sticking up for his gay children.

First, allowing same-sex marriage would strengthen the image and sanctity of marriage. At a time when divorce rates and unwed heterosexual cohabitation are at their highest, allowing and encouraging partners to make this commitment would promote a strong family unit.  It would also create a stronger social society in which committed relationships no longer need be hidden.  Furthermore, children would be more secure in the strengthened home environment.

Secondly, it is inhumane to withdraw basic dignity to loving partners at a time of need.  Such is the case when same-sex couples find their partner in the hospital.  In a large majority of states, without the legal status of marriage, the family of the one hospitalized has total control over medical decisions and who can be with the patient.  Also denied are tax and health insurance benefits while living and rights of survivorship benefits if one passes away.  These, along with many others, add up to over 1,000 benefits and rights that are lost through denying the right to marry.

Lastly, our nation was founded on the basic principle of equal rights.  For example, “… all men are created equal…with certain unalienable rights…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” is found in our Declaration of Independence.  Current laws are clear that equality under the law extends to persons of all races, religions, and place of origin.  Sadly, the United States of America has a tainted heritage of racial and gender abuses.  Applying the same rights and protections to men and women regardless of their sexual identity would honorably complete our promise of equality.