Thursday night, a friend and I went to dinner in Beverly Hills where we had a most civil discussion with our Obama-supporting waitress.Â It was nice to talk politics with such civility.Â And she agreed with my assessment of biased media coverage of Sarah Palin.
Soon after this pleasant exchange, however, we witnessed its opposite, some rather intemperate activists upset with the outcome of the voting on Proposition 8.Â More sore losers.Â We had to wait as police held traffic to allow a protest parade heading west likely toward toward the Mormons’ Los Angeles California Church on Santa Monica Boulevard in Westwood.
One protestor’s sign read, “Vile Mormons.”Â They were protesting, as activists had earlier in the day, the part he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints played in passing the proposition as had an angry crowd earlier in the day.
Yeah, such name-calling is a great way to convince others we’re ready to assume the responsibilities of marriage.
This is not the only time gay activists have badmouthed Mormons.Â At the “No on 8” Election Night party:
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl said, â€œWe’re not going to let a perversion of Christianity stop us.â€ He is referring to the major fund-raising roles played by the Mormon and Catholic churches, which donated tens of millions of dollars to the â€œYes on 8â€ campaign.
If Mormons held a parade with signs proclaiming, “Vile Homosexuals,” we’d call it hate speech.
The language and tone of those protesting Prop 8’s passage mimics that of e-mails I received and diatribes I heard during the campaign against the proposition. It’s why i wavered before casting my vote against Prop 8.
I still believe I made the right choice in voting aginast that initiative. It’s just that I’d rather not be associated with some of the others who voted the same way.
UPDATE: My law school Federalist Society colleague Todd Zywicki agrees, “So let me get this right–those who are upset about the passage of Proposition 8 in California have decided that the thing to do is to pick on the Mormons? So one marginalized group decides that the way to go is to vent their outrage against another marginalized group in society? Unbelieveable.”