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In the Aftermath of the Recent Election

I have enclosed a well written letter that expresses,  my views as well.

Dear Friends,
 
In the aftermath of the recent election, we may find ourselves oddly on the defensive regarding our support for the Yes on Proposition 8 cause.  Our young people have been especially subject to mean spirited comments by high school friends and teachers.  We have nothing to be ashamed of.  We did nothing wrong.  In fact, we did everything that a civic minded American can and should do.  I have put together a few facts that help me to appreciate our position better.  For example:
 
1. Mormons make up less than 2% of the population of California.  There are approximately 800,000 LDS out of a total population of approximately 34 million.
 
2. Mormon voters were less than 5% of the yes vote.  If one estimates that 250,000 LDS are registered voters (the rest being children), then LDS voters made up 4.6% of the Yes vote and 2.4% of the total Proposition 8 vote.
 
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) donated no money to the Yes on 8 campaign.   Individual members of the Church were encouraged to support the Yes on 8 efforts and, exercising their constitutional right to free speech, donated whatever they felt like donating.
 
4. The No on 8 campaign raised more money than the Yes on 8 campaign.  Unofficial estimates put No on 8 at $38 million and Yes on 8 at $32 million, making it the most expensive non-presidential election in the country.
 
5. Advertising messages for the Yes on 8 campaign are based on case law and real-life situations.  The No on 8 supporters have insisted that the Yes on 8 messaging is based on lies. Every Yes on 8 claim is supported.
 
6. The majority of our friends and neighbors voted Yes on 8.  Los Angeles County voted in favor of Yes on 8.  Ventura County voted in favor of Yes on 8.
 
7. African Americans overwhelmingly supported Yes on 8.  Exit polls show that 70% of Black voters chose Yes on 8.  This was interesting because the majority of these voters voted for President-elect Obama.  No on 8 supporters had assumed that Obama voters would vote No on 8.
 
8. The majority of Latino voters voted Yes on 8.  Exit polls show that the majority of Latinos supported Yes on 8 and cited religious beliefs (assumed to be primarily Catholic).
 
9. The Yes on 8 coalition was a broad spectrum of religious organizations.   Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Orthodox Jews, Muslims – all supported Yes on 8.  It is estimated that there are 10 million Catholics and 10 million Protestants in California.  Mormons were a tiny fraction of the population represented by Yes on 8 coalition members.
 
10. Not all Mormons voted in favor of Proposition 8.  Our faith accords that each person be allowed to choose for him or her self.  Church leaders have asked members to treat other members with “civility, respect and love,” despite their differing views.
 
11. The Church did not violate the principal of separation of church and state.  This principle is derived from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .” The phrase “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the Constitution itself, is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, although it has since been quoted in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in recent years. The LDS Church is under no obligation to refrain from participating in the political process, to the extent permitted by law.  U.S. election law is very clear that Churches may not endorse candidates, but may support issues.  The Church as always been very careful on this matter and occasionally (not often) chooses to support causes that it feels to be of a moral nature.
 
12. Supporters of Proposition 8 did exactly what the Constitution provides for all citizens:  they exercised their First Amendment rights to speak out on an issue that concerned them, make contributions to a cause that they support, and then vote in the regular electoral process.  For the most part, this seems to have been done in an open, fair, and civil way.  Opponents of 8 have accused supporters of being bigots, liars, and worse.  The fact is, we simply did what Americans do – we spoke up, we campaigned, and we voted. 
 
 
These are my personal opinions and thoughts; any errors are mine and in no way reflect official Church policy or doctrine. 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Kevin Hamilton

November 8, 2008 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Our Last Battle But Not Our Last War

As we stand on the virtual battlefield, we look out and see the vastness of this field.  We feel strength or we feel discouraged but whatever we are feeling we need to feel hopeful.  We have done our best to fight this battle as we fight this war.  We must be proud in what we have put forth in this battle.  We must continue to not let our guard down as this battle is soon ending but the war is far from over.  We must be strong and continue to pray for strength and courage to continue to stand firm in our belief.  We will continue to be tested in our beliefs.  We must be strong so that we can withstand the opposition’s fight.  They are relentless and we must not be faint.  We must rely on the Lord and His ever strength.  We must be do what it takes to be counted upon as one who can take us to the finish line with courage and with honor.  All those who have given time, money, and given up sleep to do the many tasks that have been asked of us in the battle to pass Proposition 8 I commend you for accepting these tasks as part of restoring traditional marriage in this state of California.  May God be with us and go forward with honor.

November 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm 7 comments

Keeping Your Eye on the Goal

As we approach the closing weeks toward November 4th, there seems to be more and more controversial commercials and internet sites and blogs to make us unsure of our stand on Proposition 8.  We need to keep our eye on the goal and stand firm in our knowledge that traditional marriage is what God has designed and it is what God has ordained as the only marriage that He recognizes.  This initiative is too important to just sit by and do nothing.  So we as christians and God fearing people who God love and want to obey Him and say we love Him must do something if only it is just posting sometime on a blog or forwarding emails to friends and family.  We cannot let what has happened in Massachusetts happen in California.  We cannot let our children be influenced that this is sanctioned by God.  It is not!  We must fight as warriors in a real battle to preserve marriage in the traditional form–between a man and a woman.

October 13, 2008 at 8:54 pm 18 comments

Vote YES on Prop 8

I am writing this blog because I 100% believe in preserving traditional marriage–meaning that marriage is between a man and a woman.  That is the way God designed it and that is that way it needs to remain.  If we do not make sure that this proposition passes our way of life will begin to crumble away and we will see our society fall into extinction.

Why do some people want to destroy the very fiber of our society?  Why do some people want us to keep accepting and accepting values that are not worthy of who we are?  This reminds me of the movie, “Fiddler On The Roof,” where Tevye, the main character is confronted with his oldest daughter in accepting a different way of a marriage proposal.  He wants his daughter to be happy and makes up a dream to tell his wife so that she will also be accepting of this idea.  His second daughter comes to him with also another marriage proposal that is also outside of the way of life as they know it.  He gives his blessing to his daughter and sends her off to be with her fiance.  Finally, his third daughter comes to him and asks his blessing for her marriage and he finally says no.  He feels he cannot bend anymore outside his core belief.  This is the way that we should feel.  No more!  We cannot bend any longer to the ways of the world.  We now need to stand up and be counted as to what we most certainly believe in–eternal marriage between a man and a woman.  As it says in the scriptures, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10:9)

 I urge all who read this to vote YES on Proposition 8.  If you are not currently registered to vote at your current address please register to vote because we need your vote.  The deadline to register is October 20th.

October 9, 2008 at 10:42 pm 8 comments


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