More publicity than you ever thought you wanted

It’s been a busy couple of days on the Mormons-and-Same-Sex-Marriage front, so here’s a very quick roundup.

First, there was Mormon Harry Reid (D-NV) talking about how much he didn’t like what the Church did with Prop 8:

Then there was Elder Oaks talking with the AP just prior to his speech at BYU-Idaho:

And the corresponding fallout which includes:

This follow-up in the Salt Lake Tribune
This blog post about whose ox is being gored.

Not to mention notice by both Keith Olbermann and the NY Times

And finally, today, a ruling in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger , 09-2292, case wherein US District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker told Prop 8 proponents that the case will not be dismissed and they’ll need to be able to answer some tough questions at trial, including:
- Where’s the evidence that same-sex marriages undermine traditional marriages
- What are some specific adverse consequences seen in other jurisdictions allowing gay marriage?
- Is same-sex attraction a fixed characteristic?
- Are gays a politically powerful group?
- Are gay marriage bans such as Prop 8 motivated by anti-gay bias?

The case is set for trial on January 11th in San Francisco. Both sides are motivated to complete the discovery process on time because part of the reason the judge refused to grant an injunction against Prop 8 was the early trial date. Should that date get pushed back, plaintiffs may consider requesting an injunction again.

Then, of course, the political cartoonists get involved.  Imagine what it would be like to way up gay, indeed.

6 Responses to “More publicity than you ever thought you wanted”
  1. Sheryl says:

    Thank you, Laura, for posting those links.

  2. Laura says:

    Interestingly, this bit of news just reached our inbox:

    David Bohnett was honored on October 9th by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network for his support of the group’s efforts to combat gay-related bullying in schools and development of Gay-Straight Alliance groups (or something like that). The award was given a week ago, on October 9th, and Bohnett gave an acceptance speech which calls Mormons, Catholics and evangelicals among the worst enemies of folks fighting anti-gay bigotry.

    The Catholic News Agency released a story today (October 16th) about Bohnett’s speech but did not link to the speech itself. For those of you unaware, the Catholics are awaiting finalization of a Pastoral Letter from American Bishops which will address, among other things, protecting/strengthening traditional marriage.

    Any chance that Elder Oaks heard of/about Bohnett’s speech in time to write a talk that would be previewed to the AP on Monday the 12th with an embargo on the story until after the speech was completed at 3 p.m. MDT on Tuesday the 13th?

    Maybe yes, maybe no, but if Elder Oaks was speaking in response to Bohnett, perhaps that explains why the pre-speech publicity and the actual prefacing in his talk to BYU-I students about being aware of an audience larger than the one in Rexburg, Idaho.

  3. Laura says:

    And Robert Kirby weighs in as well.

  4. While I respect your opinion (personally, I’m unsure about nine on this issue), it doesn’t carry much weight to me as “Laura C.” If you want to stand up for something, do so. But posting all this stuff anonymously doesn’t lend much credibility in my book.

    If you actually do use your full name, and I just missed it on your posts, comments, and bio, my apologies.

  5. Sheri says:

    I am so impressed with SEenator Harry Reid, I had to write him a letter:

    Dear Senator Reid,

    I simply want to say thanks for having the courage and ability to think with your heart and mind about issues that affect us all, such as equality for the GLBT community.

    I used to belong to the Mormon Church, like you, and I’m also a straight mother and grandmother. I left the church over their involvement in Prop 22 back in 2000. I have been fighting ever since to help the GLBT community finally have the protections the 14th Amendment promises, but somehow those who think their religious views can trump the Constitution seem to be winning this battle.

    Your bravery in speaking out not only about the Mormon Church’s involvement in the politics of gay marriage, but about DODT also, took courage, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Sheri Lawson