Update 5/26/2009 - Court Upholds Proposition 8
In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Nephi speaks of a "great and spacious" building that would be filled with people who revel in mocking those who disagree with them.
26 And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.I wasn't empirically sure what Nephi was talking about until Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was placed on the California ballot. Since then, and especially since Prop 8's passage, the pro-homosexual lobby has proven itself to be a large slice of the proprietorship of the building in Nephi's dream.
27 And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit [of the gospel of Jesus Christ].
Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, 1 Nephi 8
The taunters, out en mass, may have a deleterious effect on the decision of the California Supreme court's pending decision on Proposition 8. The Court
will rule Tuesday on the validity of a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that will end months of speculation over whether gay couples can resume marrying in the state.What happens if the court upholds Proposition 8? Possible mayhem.
The high court announced the pending opinion on its Web site Friday morning.
Gay rights advocates have scheduled marches throughout California and in several other states for Tuesday evening. Organizers say the gatherings will be celebratory if the court rules in their favor and angry if Proposition 8 is upheld.The challenge to Proposition 8's legality is based on the flimsiest of pretexts. Interestingly, the Court has intimated that it agrees that the challenge is weak.
Several religious groups that support same-sex marriage also have encouraged their members to block the streets outside the court's San Francisco headquarters and to participate in other acts of civil disobedience if the decision is disappointing.
[Protesters] argued that the initiative revised the state constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that its sponsors needed the Legislature's approval to submit it to voters.I'm still nervous, though, that the law won't be upheld--for two reasons. First, just about a year ago, the California Supreme Court, in a bizarrely anarchist move, found a "right" to homosexual marriage seated deep within the bowels of its extra-legal wrangling. Far more troubling, however, is the vitriol with which the homosexual lobby seems to be pressuring Californians to change their minds and the justices to overturn the law.
Several justices gave that argument a skeptical reception during a March 5 hearing, and court observers have doubted the Supreme Court would abrogate California's vigorous citizen initiative process by invalidating the ban.
Yesterday a tweet storm erupted on Twitter on the subject of "Prop 8". The storm came from those against Proposition 8. A great deal of it was along the lines of those who "LMAO" every time they watch this decidedly unfunny screed that targets supporters of traditional marriage.
Dallin H Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke in the April 2009 General Conference of the Church that
...some who know better seem to be straining to win the praise of those who mock and scoff from "the great and spacious building" identified in [Nephi's] vision as the pride of the world.In large part because of their fear of those who can yell really loud, there seem to be fewer and fewer people in the world who will stand up for things that really matter.
Traditional marriage is one of those issues that people seem tired of defending. The loosening of morals beginning in the 1960's, the weakening of the family through divorce, and the desecration of children through encouragement of easy abortion have wreaked enough havoc on families. Our social situation is dire enough already without the California court making two incorrect decisions in a row about homosexual marriage.
I hold out some hope that the California Court won't ruin society further; I hope they have enough integrity to admit that a law is a law. Being one to look for silver linings, however: if the justices decide in the negative, the decision could make California's economic crisis a thing of the past for hundreds of thousands more residents of that state--when they move to other states wherein society still has a much greater chance of flourishing under the aegis of traditional marriage.
Update 5/26/2009 - Court Upholds Proposition 8. Let the violent civil disobedience begin.