ReThink Review: 8: the Mormon Proposition—How Marriage Equality Got SLC Punk’d

Posted by Jonathan Kim on

"For many Californians, as well as gay people around the world, the wounds are still fresh and the minds still boggled that the anti-marriage equality Prop. 8 could have passed in California. Was it complacency and a lack of minority outreach from gay/progressive groups? Did too many people take their eye off the ball with such a huge presidential election at stake?

"While all of these share some responsibility, perhaps the biggest factor was the flood of money and manpower that deluged California as a result of a call to action by Utah's Mormon Church. Using their members' unquestioning belief that their leaders' words represent the will of God -- along with the church's considerable skills for organizing, fundraising and PR -- the Mormon Church caught anti-Prop 8 forces off guard and unorganized. By the time it became clear that Prop. 8 might actually pass, it was too late.

"But now, two years later, the Mormon Church's (often illegal) involvement in the Prop. 8 campaign has been revealed in the new documentary, 8: the Mormon Proposition. Watch my ReThink Review of 8: the Mormon Proposition and my discussion with Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks about the Mormon Church's involvement and why they see the freedom to marry as such a threat below.

"After seeing the film, I had the opportunity to interview two of its major participants. Linda Stay is a former Mormon, founder of Moms for Equality, and is the mother of Tyler Barrick, who married his boyfriend, Spencer Jones, on June 17, 2008 -- the first day that marriage equality was made legal in California. Fred Karger founded Californians Against Hate and was the first to obtain evidence that the Mormon Church was illegally interfering in anti-freedom to marry campaigns (leaked memos can be found at"

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