by Robin Anderson
Many of us undoubtedly celebrated the winnings of certain candidates on Election Day. It was a long time coming.
But, come morning, a cold slap of reality came with the new day. In three states, voters approved constitutional amendments banning same sex marriage. And one of them, Proposition 8, approved in California, stripped same-sex couples of the rights granted them judicially.
Voters decided not only to strip these couples of their rights, but by enshrining this discrimination into their constitution, sent a message to gay and lesbian people in California and the country: You are not full citizens. We don't respect your lives or your loves. In other words, these people threw lesbians and gays under the bus. "To hell with you," this vote said, "we don't care."
What really stings about this loss was the fact that it was primarily religious and racial minorities-who should have had empathy with a fellow, discriminated-against minority-who were primarily responsible for this defeat.
The major donor in the campaign to strip gay and lesbian people of their rights was, of course, a church; in this case, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Mormons spent, by some accounts, 20 million dollars to get this amendment passed. How ironic that a minority, who had experienced religious persecution, and are still victims of it, used their financial clout to inflict discrimination on another.
And whom did they woo in their quest to legislate discrimination?