The LDS church backed the winning measure that restored the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage to the state constitution after the state Supreme Court overturned it as a statute. From profane billboards to violent protests, the anti-8 demonstrators have focused their ire on Mormons, and now two envelopes of white powder
have turned up in the mail at the Mormon Temples in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City:
The FBI says a letter containing a suspicious white powder sent to a Mormon temple in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was not hazardous.
The temple was evacuated Thursday while a hazardous materials crew tested the substance and determined it was non-toxic.
A temple in downtown Salt Lake City received a similar envelope containing a white powder that spilled onto a clerk’s hand. The room was decontaminated and the envelope taken by the FBI for testing. A spokesman for the Salt Lake City Fire Department says the clerk showed no signs of illness, but the scare shut down a building at Temple Square for more than an hour.
It was depressingly predictable that some protestors would eventually move towards terrorism. They’ve assaulted old ladies and threatened more violence, all because they lost on a ballot proposition. In fact, they lost by over 500,000 votes and almost five percentage points, 52.2% to 47.7%.
It wasn’t just the old ladies and Mormons who opposed Proposition 8.
I have no problem with gay marriage, as long as the recognition comes through legitimate political means — either through referendum or legislative action. (Ed. He said, confident that he will be dead, buried and dust before it even reaches a referendum in Texas
) California voters have now twice
stated by referendum that they do not want to grant government recognition of marriage to same-sex couples.
That’s a pretty clear message that the people of California do not want a public policy that gives official recognition to same-sex couples, outside of partnership contracts.