After voters in California passed Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, a number of protests have taken place in the Golden State. And tomorrow evening, New Yorkers are planning a protest on the Upper West Side, outside the Church of Latter Day Saints at Columbus Avenue and West 65th. (Details after the jump.)
Why the Church of Latter Day Saints? A lot of support and funding for advertising to support Proposition 8 came from Mormons whose support was gained after the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco reached out to them. Prop 8 opponents have staged protests at Mormon churches--there's even a "F*** MORMONS" sign in Noe Valley in SF.
There are also regrets from Prop 8 opponents for not doing more to explain Prop 8 is more than sexual orientation. Mogul David Geffen, referring to how African-Americans voted 70% to ban gay marriage, told the Daily Beast, "So many African Americans don’t look at gay marriage as a civil rights issue. They look on it as a religious one. And we, for whatever reason…fear? Arrogance? Complacency? We did not do enough outreach to them. We need to begin a dialogue with them, because we should be putting this back on the ballot every election every year until we win.”
Last night, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann made a "Special Comment" on Prop 8, wondering why people supported Prop 8 and pointing out, "I keep hearing this term 're-defining' marriage. If this country hadn't re-defined marriage, black people still couldn't marry white people. Sixteen states had laws on the books which made that illegal in 1967. 1967." Full transcript here and video below:
On Sunday, Governor Schwarzenegger said he wanted Prop 8 overturned, telling the LA Times, "I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area... I learned that you should never ever give up."
Details on tomorrow's protest:
Prop 8 Protest in New York at Mormon Temple AGAINST HATE
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: New York Manhattan Mormon Temple, 125 Columbus Ave at 65th Street
Tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters are in the streets in California and Salt Lake City and around the country protesting the votes banning same-sex marriage in California.
Join them! Make your voices heard right here in New York City.
Tell the Mormon Church how we feel about its relentless campaign to condemn and control our lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was, by far, the biggest financer of California's heinous and hateful Proposition 8. The Mormon Church begged their members to donate money to Prop 8, pouring 20 million dollars into the campaign. And their attacks on us didn't start there and aren't about to end. They're plotting right now to bring their money and influence to bear against the LGBT community everywhere in this country, including trying to prevent marriage equality in New York.
Join us in speaking out against hate and discrimination! Stop them taking away your rights!
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