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Mormons Supporting CA Gay Marriage Proposal Big Time

Posted in Denialism by Skepdude on September 20, 2008


Here’s a bit of a surprise. In California, our Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Opponents quickly arranged a ballot proposition to reverse the ban. Support for the ban has been slipping, from almost 50% earlier in the year, to 42% in July, and now to 38% in the latestField Poll.

Mark Schoofs reports in today’s Journal that the Mormons are large backers of the marriage ban proposition:

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have contributed more than a third of the approximately $15.4 million raised since June 1 to support Proposition 8. The ballot initiative, if passed, would reverse the current right of same-sex couples to marry.

It’s clear from the article that church officials are directing the flock to donate. I hope that the IRS investigates them.

So, why do the Mormons care about gay marriage? It’s a funny question, in that one of the principal conservative arguments against gay marriage is that it will open the door to polygamy or marriage with young children. But Mormons care more about purity of essence, it appears:

Same-sex marriage hits at the heart of Mormon theology, said Terryl Givens, a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond. According to scholars and documents on the Mormon Church’s official Web site, couples married in a Mormon temple remain wedded for eternity and can give birth to spirit children in the afterlife. Most importantly, Mormons must be married to achieve “exaltation,” the ultimate state in the afterlife. Mormons also believe they retain their gender in the afterlife.”This all explains the Mormon difficulty with homosexuality,” said Mr. Givens. In a theology based on eternal gender, marriage and exaltation, “same-sex attraction doesn’t find a place.”


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  1. shamim ahmed said, on March 19, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    i am seeking a girl between 22 to 28 yrs. either she is widow divorced either any disability who can support or settle me abroad.

    • Skepdude said, on March 19, 2009 at 9:06 AM

      Hej Shamim what does this blog look like, Arranged Marriages R’us? Get outta here!

      • Rodibidably said, on March 19, 2009 at 9:20 AM

        Oh come on, it’s not just that he wants an arranged marriage, but for the first time I’m aware of, somebody is looking for an arranged marriage with somebody who is CERTAINLY and SPECIFICALLY not a virgin.

        He should at least get some sort of bonus points for that.

        He’s still obviously a fucking moron, but he’s a fucking moron who made me laugh…

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