Not being in California, I haven’t seen any of the campaigning that went on for Prop 8. So probably, everybody but me already knows the tactic its promoters used. Sorry if this scrapes against wounds.
I read a humorous blog that satirizes young married Mormon women. And it’s mostly read by Mormon women, and in the comment thread for it, I got my insight into the ‘yes’ tactic, and the heartacheÂ some of the promoters have been through.
See, apparently, Prop 8 protects religious freedom.Â Â That’s one of the most twisted representations I’ve everÂ seen. But now that I know the slogan, I can better understand how so many Californians could vote for it. The detailed reasoning seems to go something like this: if gay marriage is legalized, religious organizations, religious-funded organizations and religious care and service providers could be forced to comply with laws despite their religious beliefs. So… (they might say) it’s not that they hate gays or support discrimination, they just want to keep the separation of state and religion intact, and not have their religious tenets subverted by governmental intrusion.
And in this blog’s comment thread, there were many dedicated campaigners who were exhausted and heartbroken at how many friends they’d lost over their passionate defense of freedom.