As expected, when the California Supreme Court judges released their opinion that they would uphold Proposition 8 -- there was a >>>LOUD<<< response by the homosexual community. Interesting thing is, the court also upheld 18 thousand same-sex marriages that from the perspective of many opponents to SSM, should never have happened.

Why then, are you and I NOT out marching the streets, carrying signs and spouting hate speech toward gays? It doesn't matter what state you live in, either -- this issue affects everyone. Anti-Prop 8 protesters are demonstrating in cities all across America! Couldn't we be actively protesting that the full intention of Proposition 8 was completely ignored by the Supreme Court? Yes, we could.

However, contrary to what many proponents of SSM believe, Proposition 8 was never an anti-gay issue. Nor should it be seen as an anti-Mormon issue, either.

As I ponder these pictures and video that I have posted, showing many who decided to take to the streets in protest of the Prop 8 decision, I am filled with compassion. I realize that most on those streets, could not begin to understand these feelings, coming from a "Mormon".

I don't profess to understand "all things" by any stretch of the imagination. But, I do know, that the FAMILY as God has ordained it, is central to our Heavenly Father's plan; and therefore we are called to protect and preserve the Divine Institution of marriage, which is vital for our eternal happiness.

The Church issued the following statement following the California Supreme Court Decision on Proposition 8:

"Today’s decision by the California Supreme Court is welcome. The issue the court decided was whether California citizens validly exercised their right to amend their own constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The court has overwhelmingly affirmed their action.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognizes the deeply held feelings on both sides, but strongly affirms its belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman. The bedrock institution of marriage between a man and a woman has profound implications for our society. These implications range from what our children are taught in schools to individual and collective freedom of religious expression and practice.

Accordingly, the Church stands firmly for what it believes is right for the health and well-being of society as a whole. In doing so, it once again affirms that all of us are children of God, and all deserve to be treated with respect. The Church believes that serious discussion of these issues is not helped when extreme elements on both sides of the debate demonize the other."

Kathryn Skaggs

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