Background: During the Prop 8 debate the Mormon leadership issued official statements saying that they were not intolerant. Instead, they said that they supported basic rights for gay couples, but simply didn’t want to change the definition of the word ‘marriage.’
Present Ground: Since Prop 8 was passed, the gay-rights organizations in Utah decided to take the Mormon leadership at their word and propsed 5 bills in the Utah general assembly that provided basic rights for gay couples: health insurance, hospital visitation, transfer of property at death…we are talking basic stuff. How many pennies are you willing to bet that the Mormon leadership was consistent with their past statements and supported those bills?
I’ll spare you the trouble: they didn’t. As of yesterday all 5 of those pieces of legislation had been killed. Dead. Gone. The Mormon lobby officially opposed the legislation and worked their considerable political capital to ensure the bills destruction.
The death of these gay-rights bills have been big news this week in Utah. Part of the debate included some truly astonishing comments from Utah State Senator Cris Buttars. He gave a long interview to a reporter awhile back, with the remarks released this week.
Here’s a little snippet, but there is much more…
Their number one goal is just to proselyte youth. That’s why I threw them out of the schools, I said it’s not a friendship club, that’s a recruiting station. [He is referring to his banning of Gay/Straight Alliance Clubs in all Utah schools]
They’re mean! They want to talk about being nice – they’re the meanest buggers I ever seen. It’s just like the Moslems.
The underbelly is they do not want equality, they want superiority. … They say we want to be treated just equal. They don’t. And I believe that they’re internally they’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of. Yep, the radical gay movement.
And the clincher:
What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that, because anything goes.
The comments that anger me more than anything else are those that assume that I have zero morality because of an inborn trait. Interpret the Bible however you wish and attack my sexual orientation as an awful, perverse thing. But don’t make sweeping declarations about everything that I do and think because of that one trait.
Future Ground: I fully expect radical groups and organizations to spew nonsense like this. What continually saddens me though, are when elected officials not only send this out into the world but are then reelected for it.
In state legislatures, most of the time a single official can kill most pieces of legislation if they are adamantly opposed.
Men like this have a great deal of control over the policy that affects the lives of the people he despises. Sad.