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Defending traditional marriage?

*blink* For the past many months, it seems like half of the Mormon population of Utah (and California) was camped out on every street corner in California waving “Yes on 8” signs “defending traditional marriage”. Judging from the following I guess they forgot to promote the message of “marriage is between *one* man and *one* woman” back home.

The Utah polygamists have been busy producing voter’s guides, sending out questionnaires to politicians and in general are becoming politically active.

http://news.aol.com/article/utah-polygamous-communities-produce/235399

Considering the background of the Mormon church, I have to shake my head at the hypocrisy of it all.

(One of my college friends was from a polygamous family (her parents had left the church). She showed me her family tree once – talk about a tangled snarl. No wonder they’re into genealogy.)

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You know, the reason that churches are tax exempt is, in part, because of our concept of the necessary separation of church and state. When "church" starts interfering in "state" to this degree, especially crossing state borders, I think it's time to start going after a church's tax exemption. And to boycott any economic interests they may have.
I'd love to see them pull the tax exempt status away from these churches. I was told - jumping to another religion - that Cardinal Mahoney was bragging about how "we changed the California constitution". Sounds like politicking to me; someone contact the IRS.
Just saw this after posting -- I'm adding it to my boycott bigots site:

http://lds501c3.wordpress.com/

It's an organized effort to pull LDS' 501c3 status.
Thanks for the info! I've passed it along.

BTW, Dan and Michael got married in October. They were married by the Episcopalian priest they both work for.

Edited at 2008-11-23 04:12 am (UTC)
Ditto on what Melody said.
"Traditional marriage" includes families like mine, with 4 divorces, 6 marriages and seven kids--and that's just my 2 parents!
I think poly marriage is disgusting-not because I think its immoral for consenting adults but the way the religious nuts do it is by brainwashing and marrying children. *That* is sick.
"Traditional marriage" includes families like mine, with 4 divorces, 6 marriages and seven kids--and that's just my 2 parents!

And folks can always go to Vegas and get married for 42 hours...! :-)

Seriously, I could never figure out how people could go on so much about the sacredness of marriage, not with a 50% divorce rate.

I think poly marriage is disgusting-not because I think its immoral for consenting adults but the way the religious nuts do it is by brainwashing and marrying children. *That* is sick.

Part of the politics going on in Utah are the "Big Love" Salt Lake City suburban consenting adults "we wear modern clothing" polygamists are doing their damndest to disassociate themselves from the Colorado City child bride cultists. So there's a big schism in the polygamist community.

I grew up in the same county as Colorado City, and the only reason they have gotten away for so long with their underage marriages is because they are located in the absolute middle of nowhere. You have to leave Arizona, go into Nevada, go into Utah, and drive back down into Arizona to reach them. (That's because the Grand Canyon, which runs for 200 miles, is between them and the rest of the state). Plus, until recently, the political will just wasn't there to do anything about them. Back in the 1950s, the Arizona governor had the entire town arrested; it was a PR disaster, and they let everyone go. So they headed home and carried on exactly like they had for decades before.

Now, the situation has changed. I think part of what precipitated renewed public attention in Colorado City was when their "prophet" withdrew all the town's children from the public school system. The State of Arizona needed the parents to sign home schooling consent forms - and discovered many of the parents signed with an X, because they were illiterate. And then people began paying more attention to the child bride marriages. I think, also, between the 1950s and now Arizona raised the age of consent, so they now had more solid legal grounds to go after them. I really don't think they're going to be able to get away with these underage marriages any longer. The world is a smaller place now.