Well, it’s time for the non-Mormon blogger to chime in on Prop 8. As some of you know, I live in the San Diego area. I, along with the rest of my compatriots here, have been inundated with pro- and anti-Prop 8 propaganda. We must protect traditional marriage! (What the heck is that, anyway?) We must protect the rights of gays to marry! (Where is *that* right spelled out?) There was too much dreck for anybody to possibly sort out.
Here’s the irony. At its heart, Prop 8 wasn’t about gay marriage at all. It was about how we understand the role of government in deciding how churches can deal with their members. By passing Prop 8, the churches, who should value their independence from civil authority, have invited the “arm of flesh” into their chapels and said, “Yes, YOU, the government, can now decide who can marry and who can’t.”
How in the hell can Mormons, of all people, with their history of persecution and problems with the government, possibly support this intrusion of state into church affairs? And the Baptists! Don’t they have a tradition of independence and separation from government? Something bad has happened along the way, and it’s time religionists wake up and see that their silly, knee-jerk reactions to issues like gay marriage are, on a macro level, threatening the very institutions they’re trying to preserve.
Alas, vox populi has become pox populi. And, in the end, there may very well be a pox on all our houses. As for me and my house, we will serve a rational approach to the issue.