Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Of Mormons and gays

Posted on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:35 AM

This about says it all.

You might think that an organization that for most of the first of its not yet two centuries of existence was the worldâ??s most notorious proponent of startlingly unconventional forms of wedded bliss would be a little reticent about issuing orders to the rest of humanity specifying exactly who should be legally entitled to marry whom. But no. The Mormon Churchâ??as anyone can attest who has ever answered the doorbell to find a pair of polite, persistent, adolescent â??eldersâ?� standing on the stoop, tracts in handâ??does not count reticence among the cardinal virtues. Nor does its own history of matrimonial excess bring a blush to its cheek. The original Latter-day Saint, Joseph Smith, acquired at least twenty-eight and perhaps sixty wives, some of them in their early teens, before he was lynched, in 1844, at age thirty-eight. Brigham Young, Smithâ??s immediate successor, was a bridegroom twenty times over, and his successors, along with much of the male Mormon élite, kept up the mass marrying until the nineteen-thirtiesâ??decades after the Church had officially disavowed polygamy, the price of Utahâ??s admission to the Union, in 1896. As Richard and Joan Ostling write in â??Mormon America: The Power and the Promiseâ?� (2007), â??Smith and his successors in Utah managed American historyâ??s only wide-scale experiment in multiple wives, boldly challenging the nationâ??s entrenched family structure and the morality of Western Judeo-Christian culture.â?�

These guys, of course, were the ones who want to dictate your morality - and in fact funneled $20 million into the Cali Prop 8 fight.

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