Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Age of Ignorance

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Age of Ignorance

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AS MY FELLOW EDITORS AND I WERE IN PRODUCTION on this issue of the magazine, hundreds of demonstrators marched past our offices on Wilshire Boulevard on their way to the Mormon Temple about a mile to the south of us. It was the second day of protest-the second of many, I suspect--against California's very narrow passage on November 4 of Proposition 8, which amends the state constitution to strip gays and lesbians of their right to wed. The protesters were headed to the temple that day because Mormons nationwide, urged by their church leadership in Salt Lake City, had poured tens of millions of dollars into California to fight marriage equality.

The passage of Prop. 8--together with the passage of amendments in Florida and Arizona that also ban marriage equality and one in Arkansas that prohibits gay couples from adopting children--took the pizzazz out of what should have been an incredible night. President Obama. What can be more exciting than that? If only the 52% of Americans who voted for change on November 4 had also voted for equality--full equality.

I can see the Mormon Temple from my office at The Advocate. I know a lot about the church because I grew up in Idaho, where many of my childhood, high school, and college friends were members. There wasn't a whole lot to do on weekends in my hometown, so I spent many Saturday nights with my Mormon friends at church dances, "stake dances," they call them. And every weekend, before they'd let me into the stake house, a bishop had to interview me, inspect what I was wearing, and instruct me on the church's moral code. …

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