Proposition 8

A few weekends ago we watched the documentary titled “8: The Mormon Proposition”. Although it’s been just about 2 years since the chaos surrounding the Proposition 8 vote went down in California, the experience is still fresh in our minds. I think one of the reasons it left such an impression on us is that we could almost literally see the  scales tipping and changing the vote from No to Yes.

Living in San Diego, California, at the time of the vote meant we were able to experience a lot of the controversy and watch history being made firsthand.

The main focus of the movie was to prove a direct relationship between the Church of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a the Mormon Church)  and the result of the vote on Proposition 8. The movie quoted statistics, dollar amounts (of support from the LDS Church to the Yes on Prop 8 movement), and motives as fact. I definitely bought into some of the movie’s line of reasoning, but still felt that there was too much left unverified to completely believe all the claims made by the movie’s narrators.

Regardless, I did appreciate the movie’s message of equal treatment in a country where equality and freedom of choice are the beacons of its constitution. It was at a minimum thought-provoking and humanizing.

Compassion is a virtue. May we all have the capacity to feel compassion for others who may be different than we are in some ways, because in the end, we are all the same.

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