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I am tired of this Californians Against Hate group. They call any group (or person) that disagrees with their values "haters" and use the courts instead of democracy to do their bidding. Now, Karger and Californians Against Hate have become the biggest anti-Mormon group around. Maybe they should be renamed Californians Against Mormons.
Toggle Commented Nov 26, 2008 on (Mormon) church and state at Opinion L.A.
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The protesters even caused the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to close today for the safety of worshipers. I'm glad I got the message from my church group that was planning to go that the temple had been closed. Traffic would have been a mess and I would not have been able to get inside tonight anyway.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2008 on Prop. 8 causes Westside traffic misery at L.A. NOW
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon Church") has every right and every reason to support traditional marriage and encourage its members to do so as well. Traditional marriage was the law of the land in California until 4 judges overturned the law and created a new legal definition of marriage violating the separation of powers according to Justice Baxter, who wrote the dissenting opinion to the majority decision. Who violated the California constitution and threatened the right of all Californians? The California Supreme Court. Should the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or anyone else expect that the supreme court in this state is going to uphold constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms when it has already violated the constitution? No. I think that is why so many religious organizations reject the idea that their religious freedoms will be upheld in a contest between them and a society where same-sex marriage becomes the new norm. The Latter-day Saints (LDS) additionally have a history of this country violating their religious freedoms--and it was not all because of the practice of polygamy by some members of the church. I am an LDS woman, and I will be supporting Proposition 8. I made that decision before my church officially and specifically encouraged its members to support Proposition 8.
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Maybe these religious organizations became more worried about same-sex couples adopting when they realized there was an activist movement that wanted to redefine the definition of "marriage" and "family" for the whole society. California domestic partnerships almost identical to marriage, and because it did so, the court overstepped its constitutional bounds (according to two of its own justices) and forced the state to start calling those unions marriages. No wonder religious groups and others are worried about constitutional rights be infringed on by activists and courts--it has already happened.
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