Last night I was going to post a video showing idiot Glenn Beck comparing volunteerism to Maoism (this guy is such a moron), but decided I didn’t want to give him any voice on my blog.

Instead, I am giving voice to a newly released trailer for an upcoming film about the ballot initiative that eliminated same-sex couples’ right to marry in California.

8: The Mormon Proposition chronicles the religious beliefs and financial contributions that fueled Prop. 8, and it captures the national response that protested the measure. The producer was a journalist in 2008 who did a lot of coverage of Prop 8. When he left his news agency, he began working with the crew that made this documentary.

It makes me sad and angry all over again. But hopeful that change will still come – that compassion, a sense of fair play, and recognition of civil rights will win out.

And if you supported Prop 8, I really don’t want to know about it…. (unless you’re sorry now :) ).

The documentary has been submitted to Sundance and other film festivals. You can read about the film and it’s makers here and read a blog by the director here.

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Kathleen on October 20th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

THIS MADE ME CRY! Do those who contributed to the hate filled denial of human rights for some of their brothers and sisters have any idea of the damage and suffering they have caused? I am so tired of arrogant religious leaders, preaching hate filled sermons and rallying supporters with a battle of cry of fear. Is there a church left in this world that truly teaches what the saviour taught? Mormons, Catholics, Evangelicals, are no better than the Islamic Fundamentalists, all want to deny civil and human rights to a select few, all want to control others with their hatred and fear. At least the Islamics don’t pretend to love everyone!
Okay, now I feel better, I will go and piss off Glenn Beck by volunteering at the Food Bank!
Amy, I totally understand if you would like to start
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Ashley Rae on October 21st, 2009 at 12:15 pm

This definitely made me cry, as well…
“It would be better to be dead than to be homosexual” ????
Very, very sad.


Kathleen on October 21st, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Another day, back on my med’s, still have the same opinion on this as yesterday but wish I had toned it down. Oh well, apologies to all.


Ashley Rae on October 21st, 2009 at 1:00 pm

LOL… I love you, Kathy…


Robert on October 21st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Actually I appreciate the tone you took… and wish more people did take that tone. I haven’t watched it yet. I’m in New Jersey now. Moved in with Little Javier and his mother. Will be here Mondays through Thursdays, and in New York on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. I brought my computer here, and I’m able to get online one minute only to have it unaccessible the next. Will try to watch the clip tomorrow and comment. This is the first time today it’s been on, and it’s time to get a little boy to bed…


paul on October 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I love feeling so supported, thank you. The trailer wasn’t surpising at all. I can tell stories of failed and non failed suicides of friends and friends of friends. I can’t stand that we ran from Utah to get away from the oppression and experienced the long arm of mormonism affecting us here. It makes me cry.


craig on October 22nd, 2009 at 10:20 am

Since I was raised Mormon many of my family members and old friends are Mormons. All of them are good people. Many of them are amazing people. When I hear a General Authority of the Mormon church spew hate like this I think to myself how can my family members and friends espouse such teachings. Jesus never taught hate and the Mormons claim to be the only church led by Jesus. He would not “inspire” his chosen on earth to persuade his followers to fight for injustice. The venom is masked by that “Mormon speak” I grew up hearing and blindly following. I left the church initially because I was gay. I salute all of you out there who left it because you took the time to search out in your heart and see the church for what it is. The horrible things that Mormons do to homosexuals is in my opinion unforgiveaable. It’s amazing any of us have lived to tell the horrible stories. Those are for another time. Like Paul said – thank you all!


Robert on October 22nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm

“We know the voice of the Lord…”
“There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.”
“When something needs to be done, we know how to do it.”

Religious fanatics destroying this country. That is all these people are.

These are not true Christians.

I thank God every day I am gay because that little fact, which initially caused me so much fear and shame and dread, freed me. What I initially saw as a detriment was really a blessing. It opened my eyes when nothing else would have….

I agree with Craig that the horrible things the church has done to us are unforgiveable. Innocent blood has been lost because of it. Families torn apart. Hearts broken.

I will never ever hold a positive or even a neutral opinion of the Mormon church or organized religion in general.

May Monson, Packer, Falwell, Robertson and all the other crackpots out there who think they ‘know the word of the lord’ be reborn gay to a right wing religious group.. Let them go through it. It is the very least they deserve.


Robert on October 22nd, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Ha! There you go Kathleen.. I just made your remarks look pretty tame.. : )


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